Conflict between a university and students: U.S. Supreme Court flip-flop
The United States Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed its ruling in favor of a Jewish university that refuses to grant sorority status to a group of gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
Seized urgently, the high court on Friday suspended a judge's decision ordering Yeshiva University of New York to register the Yeshiva Pride alliance student club at the start of the 2022 school year.
She ultimately ruled that the facility had failed to exhaust all available remedies at the state level and reversed her first judgment.
If the university does not win its case at this level, it can return to this Court, she adds, however, suggesting that the arm Judicial ironwork is far from over.
Four of its magistrates – out of nine – dissociated themselves from this decision. The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of one's religion and (…) prohibits the State from imposing its own reading of the Holy Scriptures, plead these conservative judges. It is our duty to protect the Constitution, even if it is controversial, they continue.
Yeshiva University, founded in the late 19th century to promote the study of the Talmud, enrolls approximately 5,000 students and offers degrees in subjects as varied as biology, psychology or accounting.
In 2018, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) students formed the YU Pride Alliance group and sought to become a school-approved association so that they could, among other things, organize conferences or meetings. meetings.
Faced with the refusal of the establishment, they took legal action. A New York judge ruled in favor of a local law prohibiting discrimination.
University officials then turned to the Supreme Court. As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot comply with this order because it violates its sincere religious beliefs about Torah values to be passed on to students, she argued in her appeal.
This confrontation is part of a broad debate in the United States on the balance between respect for religious freedoms and the principles of non-discrimination.
Permission to pray on sports fields, to subsidize denominational schools or to display a Christian flag on a town hall: the Supreme Court, profoundly redesigned by the Supreme Court former President Donald Trump, has made several decisions in recent months that lean in favor of religions.
In June, she also revoked her ruling guaranteeing the right to abortion, fought for nearly 50 years by the religious right.