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June 28th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Will Supreme Court decision ignite another religious debate?

A Supreme Court ruling today against a Christian campus group that barred students who don’t share its views on marriage may have settled a legal question, but the debate may rage on.

The court took the case after the Christian Legal Society sued a California law school that denied it official recognition because the society limited its core membership to those who share its beliefs on faith and marriage.

The Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco argued that the Christian Legal Society’s policy would keep gays and lesbians from joining, which, under law, it could not sanction.

Lawyers for the Christian Legal Society argued that group members should have the discretion to hold their own views.

The court 5-4 ruling was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote that the law school “may reasonably draw a line in the sand permitting all organizations to express what they wish but no group to discriminate in membership.”

In dissent, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that today’s decision “is a serious setback for freedom of expression in this country.”

What do you think? Was the court's decision a serious blow against religious expression?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Courts • Culture wars • Education • Homosexuality • Uncategorized

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  1. Loren, Chicago

    What a load of garbage. Did the Court examine every organization that is authorized by the school to see if they accept people who don't share their stated view? Every group has a stated view and implicit in that is that those who don't share their view don't join. This group made the mistake of making the requirement explicit. but that shouldn't make a difference. Homosexuality is not a protected class under the U.S. Constitution, so discrimination in this way is not wrong.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
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