The Supreme Court Refuses To Block a State Court Order

The Supreme Court Refuses To Block a State Court Order

Supreme Court REFUSES To Block Controversial Ruling

( – The Supreme Court made its decision on September 14 regarding a court order forcing Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ+ club. The school’s officials had attempted to convince the Justices to honor its Orthodox Jewish roots, stating the club violated religious tenets. In a 5-4 vote, the Court rejected the plea, compelling the institution to accept the club just as the new school year kicked into gear.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., along with Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, voted against the university. They noted that the school’s lawyers hadn’t gone through their state’s proper appeal process, which is the correct course of action for this type of challenge. The order added that the applicants should seek an expedited review or interim relief decision while they navigate the state’s lower courts.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch and Samuel Alito voted against the LGTBQ+ group, reasoning that Yeshiva University should retain the freedom to exercise its institution’s religious beliefs. They argued that compelling a religious group to recognize a club so fundamentally against its beliefs violates 1st Amendment rights.

Yeshiva University had previously succeeded in obtaining a temporary stay against the order. The school had submitted an emergency application in August to pause the ruling. Administrators must navigate the proper channels before seeking another decision from the Supreme Court. Until then, they will need to accept the unwanted group without prejudice.

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