LGBTQ club offers Yeshiva University a compromise after Supreme Court ruling suspends all after-school student club activities


New York’s Yeshiva University and an LGBTQ student club reached a settlement after the university lost a bid to block a court order requiring the club to be recognized by the US Supreme Court.

The pride group extended its commitment after the school said it would suspend all undergraduate club activities “while it takes steps to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s (university’s) road map to protecting religious freedom.” The university also cited the upcoming Jewish holidays as a rationale for suspending club activities.

On Wednesday, the YU Pride Alliance said it would voluntarily accept a non-binding “stay,” or court order requiring Yeshiva University to provide the same resources it provides to other groups on campus.

The university said it was grateful for the gesture, and that it sees it “as an opportunity to restart the discussions that started and stopped” in the court case.

The Supreme Court last week denied the university’s request to block a lower court order to recognize the club, but noted that New York state courts had not yet issued a final ruling on the case and that Yeshiva could return to the Supreme Court after the New York courts. they have acted

Lawyers for the Pride group said the decision to commit was “painful and difficult”.

“We are accepting this stay while the case moves through the New York courts because we do not want YU to punish our classmate by terminating all student activities while avoiding his responsibilities,” the attorneys’ statement said. “YU is trying to hold all of its students hostage while using manipulative legal tactics in an effort to prevent our club from being treated equally.”

Since the announcement earlier this month, it was unclear how long the institution planned to suspend graduate club activities.

“It has been our intention to resume these (student club) activities very soon after the Jewish holidays and, with those holidays starting in a few days, we hope to do so at that time,” the university said in a statement. . “We welcome and care deeply about all of our students, including our LGBTQ community, and remain committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue to ensure the best way to ensure an inclusive campus for all students based on our religious beliefs.”

Rabbi Ari Berman, the organization’s president, said in a statement after the court’s decision: “Every religiously based university in the country has the right to establish clubs, places and spaces with its students, LGBTQ students, that fits into its faith tradition.”

“Yeshiva University seeks the same right to self-determination,” the statement added.

The YU Pride Alliance says it has received an outpouring of support following the recent incidents.

“We are grateful beyond words for the support we have received from over 1,000 members of the YU community and over 200 YU professors who have signed letters asking YU to our club, as well as our rabbis, our faculty and professors, our elected officials, and strangers around the world.”