Ohio State University allows religious groups to exclude non-believers

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State University changed its nondiscrimination policy to let campus religious organizations exclude those who oppose their doctrinal and moral beliefs.

The campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society had filed a federal religious liberty suit challenging a policy requiring groups to admit anyone regardless of religion, sexual orientation, age, race or gender.

The co-president of a law school group that focuses on gay legal issues said students would react negatively.

William Hall, vice president for student affairs, said his decision was difficult because he supports non-discrimination but also religious students' ''rights to organize in accordance with'' their beliefs.

Steven Aden, attorney for the Christian Legal Society, said it is ''delighted and thankful the university has decided to recognize the First Amendment rights of its religious organizations.''

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