The high court this week ruled against the Christian Legal Society (CLS) student group at the University of California, Hastings Law School. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that the university’s anti-discrimination policy was reasonable and viewpoint neutral, even though it resulted in the CLS being denied access to the benefits received by other student groups, simply because the group held its leadership to certain faith-based moral standards about sex outside of marriage. This ruling is an attack on the freedoms of speech, association and the free exercise of religion. Kim Colby, counsel with the Christian Legal Society and Peter Cairns, Alliance Defense Fund Blackstone legal fellow with CWA discuss the implications of this case and the prospects for modifying the effects of this ruling as it is returned to the lower court.
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