Iowa Campus Christian Group Accused of Discriminating Against Homosexual Student

A University of Iowa student group called Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) filed a lawsuit after the university determined the group violated the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act when it denied a leadership position to a homosexual student. As a result, the group’s activities on campus, which include its license to operate, ability to reserve meeting spaces on campus, attend student recruitment fairs, or access funds from student activity fees were suspended. BLinC thinks that to deny the campus group’s right to choose leaders that adhere to its statement of faith violates religious freedom. The group believes that marriage should be only between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is wrong. Eric Baxter of Becket Fund is siding with the student group. “Every organization to exist has to be able to select leaders who embrace its mission,” says Baxter. “You would never ask an environmental group to have a climate denier as their leader. It’s the same thing here.”

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