Editor's note: According to the Christian Legal Society, the group also
lost its appeal March 17, 2009, in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The unpublished case, Christian
Legal Society v. Newton (UC Hastings), has been appealed to the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO — A Christian group lost a federal lawsuit in which it sued
Hastings College of the Law in 2004 for not recognizing it as an official campus
The Christian Legal Society maintained it should get campus funding and other
benefits without having to open its membership to gays, lesbians and
nonbelievers, as required by the San Francisco law school, which is run by the
University of California.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White on April 17 rejected the group's assertions
that the law school's policy violated its freedoms of speech, religion and
White said the school's policy was "a reasonable regulation that is
consistent with and furthers its educational purpose." He said the religious
group remained free to determine its own membership without university
The 30-member Hastings group was told in 2004 that it was being denied
recognition, including university funding and benefits, because of its policy of
The Christian Legal Society has about 140 chapters at universities
nationwide. Many allow the exclusionary policy.
The case is Christian Legal Society v.
Mary Kay Kane, 04-04484.