LGBTQ club at Yeshiva U offers compromise amid court battle

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NEW YORK — An LGBTQ group at New York’s Yeshiva University has proposed a deal that would allow other student groups at the Orthodox Jewish university to resume meeting while the LGBTQ group’s status is litigated.

The group YU Pride Alliance made the offer to Yeshiva on Wednesday, days after the university announced it was suspending all student activities in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering the school to recognize the LGBTQ student body.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 last week to lift a temporary hold on a court order requiring Yeshiva University to recognize the Pride Alliance as a student group.

The victory for the LGBTQ group may be temporary, however, with the majority writing in an unsigned order that Yeshiva must return to state court to seek expedited review and temporary relief while the case continues.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, university officials said in an email to students that Yeshiva would “continue all undergraduate club activities while immediately taking steps to follow the roadmap provided by the U.S. Supreme Court to protect YU’s religious freedom.”

The proposal from the Pride Alliance would allow the other clubs to resume their activities. “We accept this stay while the case moves through the New York courts because we do not want YU to punish our fellow students by ending all student activities while shirking its responsibilities,” the group said in a statement.

Yeshiva spokesman Hanan Eisenman said the university would start clubs after the Jewish holidays, which begin on Sunday.

“Now that the Pride Alliance has offered a stay, we have sent their attorneys a signed agreement to stay the court order,” Eisenman said. “We look forward to working together to quickly resolve this issue.”

The university claims that recognizing the Pride Alliance “would violate its sincerely held religious beliefs.”

A New York state court sided with the alliance and ordered the university to recognize the club. The case remains on appeal in the state court system, but the judges there refused to stay the ruling in the meantime.

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