SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday said a state university’s policy that denied official recognition to Christian student groups met constitutional muster.

Addressing a question left open by the Supreme Court’s holding last year in the challenge brought by a Christian student group at Hastings College of the Law, a unanimous panel today said San Diego State University’s nondiscrimination policy — which says it won’t recognize groups that restrict membership based on race, religion or sexual orientation, among other things — is viewpoint neutral and reasonable.

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