Thursday, June 03, 2021

Court Says Wayne State Also Violated State Constitution and 14th Amendment In Denying Recognition To Christian Group

In Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA v. Board of Governors of Wayne State University, (ED MI, June 1, 2021), a Michigan federal district court denied defendants' motion for reconsideration of the breadth of an injunction the court issued in April which prohibits Defendants from revoking the recognized student organization status of IVCF. (See prior posting.) Wayne State had claimed that IVCF violated the school's non-discrimination policy by insisting that its leaders agree with IVCF's  “Doctrine and Purpose Statements,” “exemplify Christ-like character, conduct and leadership,” and describe their Christian beliefs. The court's April decision found violations of the 1st Amendment. The current decision concludes that the school also violated the free speech provision of the Michigan Constitution and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.