Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cert. Filed In San Diego State Christian Fraternity Lawsuit

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in Alpha Delta Chi- Delta Chapter v. Reed. In the case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the facial constitutionality of a San Diego State University policy that denies recognition to any student group that restricts membership or eligibility to hold officer positions on the basis, among others, of religion. However, the court concluded that plaintiffs had raised a triable issue of fact as to whether the University applied the policy in a discriminatory manner in denying recognition to a Christian fraternity and sorority, while granting recognition to certain other groups that limit their membership. (See prior posting.) Alliance Defense Fund issued a press release announcing the cert. filing. ADF summarized its position as follows: "The university is not telling the Democratic club it must be led by a Republican, or the vegetarian club that it must be led by a meat-eater, but it is telling Christian groups that they must allow themselves to be led by atheists."