G. McConway
September 10, 2022

Justice Sotomayor Rules Against LGBTQ+ College Group

This is honestly a ruling that I never thought I would see from Justice Sotomayor.

On Friday, the Supreme Court blocked a state-level ruling that would have required a Jewish University to recognize an LGBTQ+ student group.

The ruling was issued by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Even though it is only temporary, the order caught most by surprise.

Rarely, if ever, have we seen Sotomayor rule against any liberal cause.

The case in hand is whether or not Yeshiva University's charter gives it the right to block an LGBTQ+ student group, YU Pride Alliance, from being officially recognized by the school.

In June, New York County Supreme Court Judge Lynn Kotler had ruled in favor of the student group.

Judge Kotler maintained that since Yeshiva University has a charter that is not religiously based, it must follow state Human Rights Law.

The school, however, was using a religious exemption to block the group from being officially recognized.

Kotler's ruling stated that YU must "immediately grant plaintiff YU Pride Alliance the full equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges afforded to all other student groups at Yeshiva University."

The ruling further stated that YU and its president, Ari Berman, to be "permanently restrained from continuing their refusal to officially recognize the YU Pride Alliance as a student organization because of the members' sexual orientation or gender and/or YU Pride Alliance's status, mission, and/or activities on behalf of LGBTQ students."

Sotomayor's order temporarily blocks that order from going into effect while the case is reviewed.

Progressives are up in arms over the ruling, especially considering that it came from Sotomayor.

Again, this is only a temporary order, but it is still somewhat shocking that a liberal justice did not immediately defer to the lower court ruling that benefited the LGQTQ+ group.

Source: Fox News

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