The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in the Christian Legal Society versus Martinez has drawn national and international media coverage about the First Amendment argument of whether or not the Christian Legal Society may receive student-activity funding as a result of its ban on homosexual and non-Christian student admissions into its club.
According to a press release released by the Hastings College of the Law, the Christian Legal Society, which brought on the lawsuit, was denied status as a registered student organization in 2004, when it refused to agree to comply with the law school’s open membership and insisted on the right to exclude students on the basis of their sexual orientation.
The Christian Legal Society wants official recognition without following the Hastings’ guidelines and anti-discrimination policy.
Hastings College of Law current policy states that that any officially recognized group, like the Christian Legal Society must accept any students that wish to join.
Reports claim that the Supreme Court Justices are split about their opinions of which party’s case is the most convincing and will not make a final decision until at least June of this year.
EDUInReview.com will keep you updated on the outcome of the case.