On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of a decision by the UC Hastings School of Law to reject an application by a faith-based student group, the Christian Legal Society, to register as a student organization at the San Francisco campus. Hastings officials had rejected the society's application because the society's bylaws allegedly violated the campus's nondiscrimination policy by discriminating against homosexuals. Do you think that this ruling by the high court reveals a pro-gay bias in the American legal system that stacks the odds for a legal victory against religion-based organizations like the Christian Legal Society?
Would a student group be welcome on a public school campus if its bylaws discriminated against African-Americans, students with disabilities or women? This is not a matter of legal bias: It is about protecting the civil rights of minorities — in this case, gay students.
Groups like the Christian Legal Society, which have anti-gay agendas, do have a right to exist but they should remain off campus rather than expecting official university recognition and public funding. Progress is being made when the civil rights of gay students to be free of discrimination at a public institution trumps the right of these kinds of religious groups to promote their anti-gay beliefs.