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    Fighting for Recognition by Chris Geidner Metro Weekly Monday Jul 5, 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court today held that a public university can require that student
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      Fighting for Recognition

      by Chris Geidner

      Metro Weekly

      Monday Jul 5, 2010



      The U.S. Supreme Court today held that a public university can require that
      student groups allow ''all comers'' in order to receive the benefits of
      formal recognition. Such a requirement, a 5-4 majority led by Justice Ruth
      Bader Ginsburg decided, does not violate the First Amendment's guarantees of
      freedom of speech or association.



      The case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, is the second time in as many
      weeks that LGBT-equality advocates found themselves on the winning side of a
      case at the high court. This morning, Ginsburg spoke about what she called a
      ''novel First Amendment question.''



      The case arose from circumstances at the University of California-Hastings
      College of the Law, in which the Christian Legal Society (CLS) on campus
      refused to admit all students as members, primarily leading to an exclusion
      of those who engage in what is referred to as ''unrepentant homosexual
      conduct.'' This violated the nondiscrimination policy of the school, as well
      as the more broad ''all comers'' practice that all parties agreed was
      applied at the school, leading to the school's refusal to grant CLS formal
      recognition.



      This, CLS argued, was a violation of the students' free-speech rights and
      associational freedoms. The university, which was sued by CLS, and Outlaw,
      the LGBT student group at the university who joined in the lawsuit,
      disagreed.



      The rest of the article is here:

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?107600







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