The US Supreme Court overturned its ruling in favor of a Jewish university refusing to grant student association status to a group of gay, bisexual and transgender youth on Wednesday, September 14. Seized urgently, the high court on Friday suspended a judge’s decision ordering Yeshiva University in New York to register the student club “Yeshiva Pride Alliance” at the beginning of the 2022 school year.
Eventually he determined that the establishment had not exhausted all remedies available at the state level and overturned his first judgment. If the university is not successful at this level, “You can return to this Court”he adds, however, suggesting that the legal brawl is far from over.
Four of its magistrates – out of nine – dissociated themselves from this decision. “The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion e (…) prohibits the state from imposing its own reading of the Holy Scriptures “argue these conservative judges. “It is our duty to protect the Constitution, even if controversial”continue.
Wide debate on respect for religious freedoms
Yeshiva University, founded at the end of 19And century “to promote the study of the Talmud”, welcomes around 5,000 students and offers degrees in subjects as diverse as biology, psychology or accounting. In 2018, LGBTQ students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) formed the Yeshiva Pride Alliance group and sought to become an institution-approved association so that they could, among other things, organize conferences or meetings .
Kidnapped by the group, a New York judge had proved him right in the name of a local law that prohibited discrimination. University officials then turned to the Supreme Court. “As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot respect this order because it violates its sincere religious convictions about the values of the Torah to be imparted to students”he pleaded in his appeal.
This confrontation is part of a broad debate in the United States on the balance between respect for religious freedoms and the principles of non-discrimination. Authorization to pray on sports fields, to subsidize confessional schools or to display a Christian flag on a town hall: the Supreme Court, deeply reviewed by former President Donald Trump, has taken several decisions in favor of religions in recent months.
In June he also revoked his judgment guaranteeing the right to abortion, which has been fought for nearly fifty years by the religious right.