Supreme Court ruling forces Orthodox Jewish university to recognize LGBT club – for now

The decision came down 5-4 as the majority of justices agreed that the school had "at least two further avenues" for relief.

Updated: September 14, 2022 - 6:18pm

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A Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday effectively means that Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish school in New York City, cannot prohibit an LGBT student club on campus.

In a 5-4 decision the court declined Yeshiva University's request to block an order from a lower court that required the religious school to recognize an LGBT club. 

The court denied Yeshiva University's request "because it appears that applicants have at least two further avenues for expedited or interim state court relief," the majority stated on Wednesday.

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett dissented, stating that it could take the lower courts "many months" to issue a ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Sonia Sotomayor last week issued a stay stopping a lower court order that forced the Jewish university to recognize the "Pride Alliance" club.