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Are fraternities private organizations? I wouldn't think so since they're aligned with the universities. However, if they're private, then they have the right to make whatever rules they want. That's already been established with the boy scouts.Rex_Admin said:
That's just silly.MrMorden said:
It was the frat that banned gays contrary to University policy.A judge has ruled that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must recognize a Christian fraternity that refuses to admit gays.
While private organizations may limit membership, state sponsered organizations may not. Each group is liable to be disenfranchized from the univeristy(San Francisco, California) A Christian group sued the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in federal court here Friday for not recognizing it as an official campus organization.
The Christian Legal Society says it should get campus funding and other benefits, but does not have to open its membership to gays, lesbians and nonbelievers - all requirements from the San Francisco law school.
"The First Amendment provides a right of expressive association," said Tim Tracey, an attorney for the society. "We want to associate with people that affirm a certain number of our beliefs."
Tracey said the group has a right to exclude people it does not wish to associate with, as does the Boy Scouts of America.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Boys Scouts and its affiliates can prohibit gay boys from joining scout troops and gay men from becoming scout leaders. The high court said the constitution gave scouts the right to choose its members.