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NO SCHOOL MONEY FOR CHRISTIAN LAW GROUP Hastings College of the Law does not have to give money to religious groups on campus that mandate what their student officers believe, or whom they sleep with, according to a ruling Monday. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White turned down free speech, free association, free exercise and equal protection arguments argued by a local chapter of the Christian Legal Society. In tossing the group’s suit, White wrote “the evidence does not show that CLS has been precluded from expressing any particular idea or viewpoint.” The suit stems from a 2004 request from the CLS to become a recognized student organization at Hastings, a designation that allows a group to use the school’s name and to apply for funding from student activity fees, among other things. But the law school pointed to the school’s requirement that registered student groups follow a policy prohibiting discrimination based on religion or sexual orientation. Though CLS opened its activities to anyone who wished to attend, members and officers specifically could not belong to religions with different tenets, nor engage in “unrepentant homosexual conduct.” The law school’s non-discrimination policy only regulated conduct, Judge White concluded. “As long as student groups do not exclude students based on the prohibited categories, the groups are free to express any beliefs or perspectives they choose,” White added in a 41-page opinion. The lawyers representing the local CLS chapter have launched similar challenges in other states, but Christian Legal Society Chapter of University of California v. Kane, 04-04484, was their first in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals jurisdiction. The law school was represented by Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. — Pam Smith

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