Monday, February 9, 2009
A federal judge has ruled that a nondiscrimination policy at San Diego State and Long Beach State universities does not infringe on the rights of a religious group that bars gay students.
The group Every Nation Campus Ministries filed suit in 2005, alleging that compliance with the policy violated its rights to free speech, free association and religious liberty. It sought an injunction that would force the schools to recognize the group.
District Judge Larry A. Burns ruled Friday that the nondiscrimination policy was intended to regulate conduct, not speech or association.
In order to get official recognition, groups must abide by the policy that says membership cannot be withheld based on race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.