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UNC frat can ban gays

I’m not surprised at this one. (365gay):

A judge has ruled that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must recognize a Christian fraternity that refuses to admit gays.

Alpha Iota Omega‘s status as an official campus group was revoked after it refused to sign the university’s nondiscrimination policy. The policy specifies that groups cannot deny membership to students based on personal characteristics such as age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and gender.

The fraternity argued in court that it shouldn’t be forced to admit nonbelievers or gay students. It claimed the university has infringed on its members’ rights to free speech, free association and free exercise of religion.

U.S. District Court Judge Frank W. Bullock Jr. issued an injunction ordering the university to recognize the fraternity, which has only three members. The case may still go to trial, and Bullock’s injunction will remain in place until a decision is made.

We continue to believe in the merits of the university’s position and the value of the nondiscrimination policy,” the statement said. “The university’s goal remains the proper and careful balancing of students First Amendment rights with the rights guaranteed by the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions to equal protection of the laws and freedom from discrimination.”

The ruling came only days after students at the university demonstrated to show support for a gay student who was taunted and beaten.

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