Yeshiva University is suspending all student club activities after the Supreme Court refused to block an order requiring the school to recognize an LGBTQ club.



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Yeshiva University in New York announced Friday that it would suspend all undergraduate club activities for the day After the US Supreme Court lost a bid to block a court order requiring the university to recognize an LGBTQ student club, the club’s lawyer said.

The university sent an unsigned email saying it will “suspend all graduate club activities” while it “takes steps to follow the US Supreme Court’s roadmap to protect (the university’s) religious freedom,” citing the upcoming Jewish holidays. Copy of the email provided by the lawyer.

The email came two days after the country’s Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny the university’s request to block a lower court order seeking recognition of LGBTQ student club Pride Alliance.

Katie Rosenfeld, an attorney representing the club, called the university’s latest move a “disgraceful tactic” aimed at turning students against LGBTQ members.

“The YU administration announced today that it will suspend all student club activities on campus instead of accepting an on-campus LGBTQ peer support group, a throwback from 50 years ago when the city of Jackson, Mississippi closed all public swimming pools instead of complying with court orders to desegregate,” he said. Rosenfeld in a statement to CNN.

“The Pride Alliance seeks a safe space on campus, nothing more,” the lawyer added.

It is unclear from the announcement how long the grad club activities will be suspended and whether the decision will be reviewed.

CNN has reached out to Yeshiva University for comment.

Rabbi Ari Berman, the institution’s president, released an online statement Thursday in response to the court’s ruling, saying that “every religiously based university in the country has the right to establish clubs with its students, its LGBTQ students, places and spaces that fit into its faith tradition.”

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

In an unsigned order earlier this week, the Supreme Court noted that the New York state courts had not yet issued a final order in the case and that the university could return to the Supreme Court after the state courts act.

Attorneys for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Yeshiva, also said the lower court’s order was an “unprecedented” intrusion into the university’s religious beliefs and a clear violation of Yeshiva’s First Amendment rights.