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The New York County Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Yeshiva University (YU) in New York City must recognize the LGBT club, YU Pride Alliance, on campus.

Judge Lynn Kotler ruled on Tuesday that since the modern Orthodox organization is chartered as a non-religious organization, the YU must comply with New York City human rights law and “immediately provide the plaintiff YU Pride Alliance with full equal accommodation, benefits, privileges and privileges.” To all other student groups at the university. “

Kotler also ordered that defendant YU and President Ari Berman be permanently barred from refusing to officially recognize the YU Pride Alliance as a student organization because of “members’ sexual orientation or gender and / or YU Pride Alliance status, goals and / or reasons.” Or on behalf of LGBTQ students. Undertaking. “

The judges also argued that “Yeshiva University is not a ‘religious corporation’,” and that it could not ban student groups based on Zhou’s beliefs.

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Foley Square, New York City Supreme Court building in New York City.

Foley Square, New York City Supreme Court building in New York City.
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Legal disputes over LGBT issues in YU have been going on since at least 2020 when seven student activists filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights after administrators thwarted a student government attempt to identify LGBT groups. According to the Israeli Times.

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A YU spokeswoman backed the decision, telling Fox News Digital that the school would appeal the ruling because “the court’s decision violates the religious freedom on which the country was founded.”

A Yesiva student wears a face mask on March 4, 2020 at the University Grounds in New York City.

A Yesiva student wears a face mask on March 4, 2020 at the University Grounds in New York City.
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“The ruling allows courts to intervene in the internal affairs of religious schools, hospitals and other charities. Any decision that Yeshiva is not religious is clearly wrong,” the spokesman said.

“As our name implies, Yeshiva University was established to inculcate Torah values ​​in our students and to provide excellent education, to allow them to live in religious faith as noble citizens and committed Jews. We love and care for our students, who are all – everyone – of God. “We strongly disagree with today’s decision and will appeal the decision immediately.”

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams hoisted the flag of honor during the 30th Annual Queen’s Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival in Queens, New York on June 5, 2022.
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YU has maintained that non-sectarian status was used only for its admission policy, as non-Jewish students are allowed to attend.