A New York State judge has ruled that Yeshiva University must recognize the YU Pride Alliance as an official student body.
The Coalition for Gay, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Strange Students has been fighting for recognition for several years. Yeshiva argued that as a religious organization, it was exempt from New York City human rights law, which barred discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Judge Lynn R. Kotler says that “at first glance, the answer to this question may seem obvious,” is the “proud and rich Jewish tradition” of Yeshib.
But Kotler ruled that Yeshib’s organizational documents did not describe any religious institution, but rather an “educational corporation.” And he cites a 1995 document in which a Yeshwa official stated that the university was governed by New York City law. He noted that Yeshiva’s lawyers said the university would be happy to change its credentials, but said the proposal “acknowledges the matter.” And Yeshiba applied for a state grant as a “non-profit organization for higher education.”
He instructed Yesheva to make YU proud by providing “full and equal accommodation, facilities, amenities and facilities” to all student groups.
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