The Yeshiva University is now seeking to block a New York court order mandating the university to recognize an LGBT group as an official campus club.
The University has filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court after an appeals court last week rejected the school’s motion to delay a previous court order to recognize the YU Pride Alliance.
As it stands, administrators of the University are arguing that having to recognize the LGBT student group would violate the First Amendment rights of the institution. Gay sex is forbidden by nearly all Orthodox interpretations of Jewish law. “As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot comply with that order because doing so would violate its sincere religious beliefs about how to form its undergraduate students in Torah values,” the school wrote in the court request.
The court battle began in 2021, when the YU Pride Alliance filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university under the New York City Human Rights Law, demanding official recognition and funding from the university. A New York State Supreme Court judge then ruled in the group’s favor in June.
“The Torah guides everything that we do at Yeshiva — from how we educate students to how we run our dining halls to how we organize our campus,” said Y.U. President Ari Berman in a press release. “We care deeply for and welcome all our students, including our LGBTQ students, and continue to be engaged in a productive dialogue with our Rabbis, faculty and students on how we apply our Torah values to create an inclusive campus environment. We only ask the government to allow us the freedom to apply the Torah in accordance with our values.”