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LGBTQ club at Yeshiva U offers compromise amid court fight

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 meeting while the status of the LGBTQ group is being litigated.

The YU Pride Alliance group made the offer to Yeshiva Wednesday, days after the university announced it was suspending all student activities in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering the school to recognize the LGBTQ student group.

The Supreme Court last week voted 5-4 to lift a temporary injunction requiring Yeshiva University to recognize the Pride Alliance as a student group.

The victory for the LGBTQ group may be temporary, however, as the majority write in an unsigned injunction that Yeshiva must return to the state court to seek prompt review and temporary relief as the case continues.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, university officials said in an email to students that Yeshiva “would postpone all activities of the undergraduate club while taking immediate steps to follow the roadmap provided by the U.S. Supreme Court to support the religious freedom of YU.”

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The Pride Alliance’s proposal would allow the other clubs to resume operations. “We agree to this postponement as the case moves through the New York courts because we do not want YU to punish our fellow students by ending all student activities while circumventing its responsibilities,” the group said in a statement.

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

“Now that Pride Alliance has offered an extension, we have sent their lawyers a signed agreement to delay the injunction,” Eisenman said. “We look forward to working together to resolve this issue quickly.”

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

A New York state court sided with the alliance and ordered the university to recognize the club. The case remains on appeal in the state court system, but judges there declined to put the order on hold in the meantime.

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