Supreme Court Forces Jewish University To Recognize LGBTQ Group… For Now

( The Supreme Court has failed once again after it ruled that Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish school in New York City, must recognize an LGBTQ+ student club, according to Just the News. In a 5-4 decision, the Court declined the university’s request to block an order from a lower court forcing the school to recognize the LGBTQ group, despite it going against the freedom to exercise their religion.

The Court denied the university’s request, stating that “it appears that applicants have at least two further avenues for expedited or interim state court relief,” although conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett dissented, and added that it may take “many months” for lower courts to issue a ruling.

The ruling came after Justice Sotomayor issued a stay on the lower courts order that would have forced the Jewish university to recognize the group. The New York court was therefore momentarily stopped from determining that Yeshiva University did not qualify for religious exemptions under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The lower court found that the university did not qualify as a religious corporation because they offer “many secular multi disciplinary degrees, [which] thus became Yeshiva’s primary purpose. Even if Yeshiva still ‘promote[d] the study of Talmud,’ that does not necessarily make Yeshiva a religious corporation,” wrote Judge Lynne Kotler.

“We are pleased with Justice Sotomayor’s ruling which protects our religious liberty and identity as a leading faith-based academic institution,” said Yeshiva President Rabbi Ari Berman. “But make no mistake, we will continue to strive to create an environment that welcomes all students, including those of our LGBTQ community. We remain committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue with our students, Rabbis and faculty about how best to ensure an inclusive campus for all students in accordance with our Torah values.”

Ultimately, however, Sotomayor decided to send the case back down.