Va. Senate OKs Bill To Let College Clubs Discriminate

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Supporters say it would preserve the constitutional right of free association on college campuses.

Critics say its purpose is more nefarious: to undermine a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision and permit otherwise improper discrimination by college clubs supported with public dollars.

The pro-side won out Monday when the Virginia Senate voted 22-18 to approve legislation that would allow student groups to restrict membership to those committed to their missions.

The measure, HB 1617, would also prohibit colleges and universities from discriminating against clubs that make club participation exclusive.

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