Amid court fight, LGBTQ club offers compromise to Yeshiva

An LGBTQ student group offered to delay seeking recognition from Yeshiva University, its members said on 21 September after a US Supreme Court ruling prompted the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to suspend all undergraduate club activities rather than sanction the group, writes Liam Stack for The New York Times.

Although Yeshiva lost at the Supreme Court on procedural grounds last week, it immediately announced its intent to refile its case in state court. In a deal proposed on Wednesday, the student group’s lawyer said it would stand down while the case played out, if the university agreed to allow the other clubs “to resume effective immediately”.

In a statement, the students called their decision “painful and difficult” and said that Yeshiva had a responsibility under city human rights law to treat their club, the Pride Alliance, like any other on campus. The university and its lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday morning. “We do not want YU to punish our fellow students by ending all student activities while it circumvents its responsibilities,” they said. “YU is attempting to hold all of its students hostage while it deploys manipulative legal tactics, all in an effort to avoid treating our club equally.”
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