For Immediate Release
Supreme Court Rules Against Government-Aided Discrimination
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision
that a publicly funded
law school need not provide funding and recognition to a campus group
policies that discriminate based on religion and sexual orientation.
the American Way Foundation filed an amicus
brief with other civil rights organizations in support of Hastings
of Law in the case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. The brief emphasized that the
Court has repeatedly upheld the right of the states to withhold public
that would support discrimination:
Michael B. Keegan, President of
People For the American Way Foundation, said:
"The Christian Legal Society's argument, that the government must
fund religious discrimination, turns the Bill of Rights on its head.
does the First Amendment imply that the government must actively aid
discrimination on the basis of religion or sexual orientation; in fact,
doesn't take a constitutional expert to point out the lines that say the
opposite. It's troubling that the Court's four conservative
justices were willing to invent a novel and backwards interpretation of
First Amendment. The majority exercised proper restraint and common
refusing to legitimize CLS's claim."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.