Calif. Christian Sorority, Fraternity Lose Appeal

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Christian sorority and fraternity who challenged a nondiscrimination policy at California state universities.

Under the policy, campus groups are forbidden to discriminate based on religion and sexual orientation.

Alpha Delta Chi and Alpha Gamma Omega argued the policy violates their religious freedom because they wanted to only allow Christian members.
    
But the 9th Circuit panel disagreed, saying the school's policy did not infringe on the students' constitutional rights.
      
"The court upheld a policy that clearly treats Christian groups worse than other groups on campus," lawyer Jordan Lorence, who represented the plaintiffs, said. 

Meanwhile, the panel has sent the case back to a lower court to decide whether the policy is being evenly applied to all groups.

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