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Monday, April 19, 2010

Campus Christian group heads to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about a campus Christian group that was denied university funds and recognition because it wouldn't let gays and non-Christians become full voting members or officers. The University of California's Hastings School of Law says it turned down the group because student groups aren't allowed to discriminate based on religion or sexual orientation, if they want money from the school. The group -- the Christian Legal Society -- says the school is discriminating against them.

This story might sound familiar because there have been several cases like this over the years, with varying results. The Supremes, though, could settle the matter for everybody.

UPDATED: The AP says the court appears to be divided over the case.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito questioned the school's lawyer sharply, saying that being forced to admit someone who doesn't share their beliefs was a threat to the group. But Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor pressed the group's lawyer on notion that if they can ban gays, other groups can legally ban women and minorities.

(Again, not remotely crime-related, just an interesting case!)

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