Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will participate in two law school debates next week sponsored by campus chapters of The Federalist Society on the subject of the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. Attorneys with ADF and the CLS Center for Law & Religious Freedom, who are litigating the case, represent a student chapter of CLS, which Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco refused to recognize because the group requires its officers and voting members to subscribe to its basic Christian beliefs.
“Christian student groups shouldn’t be forced to deny their faith in order to be treated the same as other student groups,” said ADF Legal Counsel Casey Mattox, a participant in one of the debates. “Just as all student groups have the right to associate with people who share common beliefs and interests, Christian student groups have the right to be Christian student groups. A university policy never trumps rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
Nearly 100 parties have filed briefs in support of the CLS chapter, including 14 state attorneys general and a wide array of groups ascribing to diverse beliefs and practices.