Christian Campus Groups Lose Legal Appeal
August 3, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3 (UPI) — San Diego State University may require student groups, including religious organizations, to have a non-discrimination policy, a federal appeals court ruled.
The three-judge panel rejected an appeal by Alpha Gamma Omega and Alpha Delta Chi, a Christian fraternity and sorority The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
In their ruling Tuesday, the judges returned the case to a lower court for a hearing on whether the university enforces its policy uniformly. They cited evidence that the university recognizes a Catholic group that requires officers to be in “good standing” with the church and an African dramatic society whose officers must be from Africa.
Every Nation Ministries also joined the suit, which also named the Long Beach campus of the California state university system.
“The court upheld a policy that clearly treats Christian groups worse than other groups on campus,” lawyer Jordan Lorence, who represented the plaintiffs, said.