Federal Appeals Court Upholds CSU Club Policy

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

A federal appeals court has ruled against Christian groups who challenged a nondiscrimination policy at California state universities.

On Tuesday, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the policy doesn't violate the constitution.

A lawyer for the groups told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he's disappointed.

The policy says officially recognized campus groups can't discriminate by factors such as religion and sexual orientation. A Christian fraternity and a sorority at San Diego State University (http://bit.ly/q6kawm) sued in 2005. The groups, which are restricted to Christian members, argued the policy violated their religious freedom.

The appeals court disagreed but said there was concern about whether the policy is evenly applied to all groups. The case was sent back to a lower court to decide that issue. 

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