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June 23, 2005

New Jersey Court rules against homosexual activist

From the Star-Ledger:

A state appeals court ruled yesterday that Seton Hall University, a private, Catholic institution, is not required to recognize a gay and lesbian student organization.

The three-judge panel dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by a gay sociology major, Anthony Romeo, seeking official recognition for a gay and lesbian student organization.

The court ruled that Seton Hall was within its rights to refuse to recognize a student organization that was not in keeping with the university's "values and mission."

Appellate Division Judge James Petrella, who wrote the 16-page decision, found that as a "bona fide religious organization," the university is exempt from a New Jersey law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

And although the university had voluntarily adopted such an anti-discrimination policy, which it published in its student handbook, Petrella found that did not create a contract that the university was bound to honor. Even if it did, he said, it only gave students a right to form groups "which are respectful of the values and mission of the university."

The court concluded that courts may not second-guess the university's administration, which turned down the gay group's application with the explanation: "No organization based solely upon sexual orientation may receive formal university recognition." It added that the denial was based on Catholic doctrine, which regards homosexual activity as "morally wrong" and teaches that a person cannot be adequately "described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation."

This overturned a lower court's ruling that allowed the suit to continue. The plaintiff is no longer a student at the school, and the group he wanted recognition for, TRUTH (Trust, Respect, Unity at The Hall) has disbanded. But apparently pestering a college over the matter is worth their time and effort if they feel they can eventually use the case to force others to validate their perversion.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 23, 2005 08:40 AM

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