Christian Group Fights School's Anti-Discrimination Policy - NBC Bay Area

Christian Group Fights School's Anti-Discrimination Policy

Self-identified followers of Jesus Christ want right to refuse members



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    Hastings Law is at the center over a controversy pitting Christians against anti-discrimation statues on college campuses nationwide.

    Starting this spring, the Supreme Court will consider the case brought by the Christian Legal Society against the University of California Hasting's College of the Law.

    The CLS originally brought suit because Hastings refused to officially recognize the organization as a student group -- which would entitle the group to school funds.

    Hastings based its decision on the school's anti-discrimination policy, and objected to a clause in the group's "Statement of Faith."

    In that document, voting members must agree to "not engage in sexual conduct outside of a marriage between a man and a woman."

    To be fair, that would also exclude unmarried heterosexual Christians who like a little nookie to relax after an all-night cram session.

    The lawsuit was dismissed in San Francisco Federal Court, but the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal.

    The CLS, which has chapters nationwide, won a similar case at Southern Illinois University in 2007.

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