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Jewish University gets Temporary Authority from US Supreme Court to Deny Recognition to LGBTQ Student Body

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Aastha Thakur

Published on: September 12, 2022 at 16:09 IST

The US Supreme Court granted interim authority to an Orthodox Jewish institution in New York to refuse formal status to an LGBTQ student group.

After a New York judge ordered the university to allow the Pride Alliance to form a student group, giving them access to all services and facilities in the institute, the university appealed to the court for an expedited decision, and was granted this authorization.

The university, in a statement, said, “As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot comply with that order because doing so would violate its sincere religious beliefs about how to form its undergraduate students in Torah values.”

Over this statement of the university, the Pride Group replied back that the university also offers various course subject other than religion and also has non-Jewish students. Further it was added that, “

In response to this statement, the Pride Group argued that the university also teaches various subjects other than religion and also has non-Jewish students. The group further added that it may not exclude particular students from using the secular resources it provides for the whole student community on the basis of sexual orientation.

The body was constituted in 2018 initially to hold meetings, organise lectures and participate in activities and later on applied for its official recognition as a student group.

The group was formed in 2018 to hold meetings, organise lectures and taking part in events, and applied for its official recognition as a student group.

The university is more than years old established to promote Judaism, and also offers different fields that are not related to religion, like biology and accounting.

Upon the university’s request, the Supreme Court suspended the judge’s decision with a 6-3 unanimous vote. Since the judgement was made in an emergency situation, the court did not explain its reasoning or the votes that were cast.

However, its pertinent to note that unlike this decisions US Supreme Court has made some favourable decisions for the LGBTQ community in the recent months.