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Yeshiva University Students Seek Approval of LGBTQ Student Group

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday April 27, 2021

Yeshiva University Students Seek Approval of LGBTQ Student Group
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Following several previous attempts to get an LGBTQ student club affiliated with the college, students and alumni from Yeshiva University have taken the issue to the New York County Supreme Court.

According to the Washington Post, the group made up of both current and former students is filing the lawsuit against Yeshiva on the grounds that the school is violating a New York human rights law.

With Yeshiva being one of few predominantly Jewish college campuses across the country, the case raises tensions between the Orthodox Jewish values of the institution and LGBTQ issues.

In an interview with the Post, both the students and litigators involved with the case expressed the importance that such a club would have to LGBTQ students on campus.

"What a queer club provides is community, especially where community is so vital," said Molly Meisels, speaking of the value community holds on such a small and closely bonded campus.

Yeshiva also made a statement about the lawsuit, stating their decision on the club was based on their reading of the Torah.

"At the heart of our Jewish values is love — love for God and love for each of His children," the statement reads. "Our LGBTQ+ students are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, family and friends. Our policies on harassment and discrimination against students on the basis of protected classifications including LGBTQ+ are strong and vigorously enforced. Our Torah-guided decision about this club in no way minimizes the care and sensitivity that we have for each of our students, nor the numerous steps the university has already taken."

Katie Rosenfeld, a lead attorney representing the group of students and alumni named in the suit, stated that the university is bound to uphold the New York City Human Rights law because the institution took money while designated as a secular campus.

The case's court date has yet to be made.

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