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Yeshiva U’s LGBTQ club offers compromise amid court battle

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

The YU Pride Alliance group 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 group.

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 last week to lift a temporary stay of a court order that required Yeshiva University to recognize the Pride Alliance as a student group.

The LGBTQ group’s victory may be temporary, however, with the majority writing in an unsigned order that Yeshiva should return to state court to seek a speedy review and temporary relief while the case continues.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, university officials said in an email to students that the Yeshiva will “withhold all undergraduate club activities while it takes immediate action to follow the sheet.” route provided by the United States Supreme Court to protect YU’s religious freedom”.

Pride Alliance’s proposal would allow other clubs to resume operations. “We are accepting this reprieve while the case proceeds through the New York courts because we do not want YU to punish our fellow students by ending all student activities as he sidesteps his responsibilities,” the group said. in a press release.

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

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

The university argues that granting recognition to the Pride Alliance would “violate its sincere religious beliefs.”

A New York state court sided with the alliance and ordered the university to recognize the club. The case is still on appeal in the state court system, but judges have declined to stay the order in the meantime.

ABC News

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