Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom

Jan 15, 2018 by

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Student group Business Leaders in Christ are suing the University of Iowa after they were de-registered

A gay member of the group, Marcus Miller, brought a complaint to the university after he was blocked from becoming their vice-president

The group says it will not allow gay students to be leaders, as they must make a statement rejecting homosexuality

Miller has since started his own student group, Love Works, which advocates for LGBTQ issues

The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay.

The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.

The group says its membership is open to everyone, but that its leaders must affirm a statement of faith that rejects homosexuality. The university says it respects the right of students, faculty and staff to practice the religion of their choice but does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Marcus Miller, a gay student at the University of Iowa (pictured above), complained about Business Leaders in Christ after they wouldn’t allow him to take a leadership position

The group, founded in the spring of 2015 by students at the university’s Tippie College of Business, met weekly for Bible study, to conduct service projects and to mentor students on ‘how to continually keep Christ first in the fast-paced business world.’ The group’s loss of registration as an on-campus student organization means it can no longer reserve campus meeting space, participate in student recruitment fairs, access funds from student activity fees or use university-wide communication services.

Source: Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom | Daily Mail Online

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