Yeshiva University Strikes Deal With LBGTQ Club

The LBGTQ club that is fighting to be recognized on the traditionally jewish Yeshiva University campus agreed to remain unrecognized as it pursues a lawsuit against the college.

Starting in June, when a New York County Supreme Court judge ruled that Yeshiva must recognize the LGBTQ club, the case has been full of twists and turns.

The club decided that it will pause efforts to be recognized on campus while courts decide the case. This “painful” decision by the club would allow all other student activities to resume without the university being forced to recognized a club that stands against its Jewish beliefs.

Both groups, the Pride Alliance and Yeshiva University, made separate statements regarding the events.

The Pride Alliance stated that:

“This was a painful and difficult decision. We are agreeing to this stay while the case moves through the New York courts because we do not want YU to punish our fellow students by ending all student activities while it circumvents its responsibilities. We are saddened and hurt that the YU administration believes that a group of LGBTQ+ students having a safe place on campus for discussion and support around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity is so objectionable that it would end all students’ clubs and pit students against each other rather than tolerate our presence.”

Yeshiva University also made a statement:

“Yesterday, however, the Pride Alliance reversed course and agreed to enter into a stay. The change comes a few days after the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling directing further state court action, with four Justices indicating Yeshiva University is “likely” to prevail on its claims, and the other five Justices inviting Yeshiva University back if the state courts failed to grant relief. In the wake of that order, the New York Appellate Division on Tuesday, September 20, agreed to reconsider its prior ruling against Yeshiva University. And now Pride Alliance has agreed that Yeshiva University should be able to conduct its appeals without being forced to violate its religious identity. As explained yesterday, we are starting clubs after the Jewish Holidays when students are back on campus.”