The ruling came in a lawsuit by the Christian Legal Society, which challenged the anti-bias rules of the Hastings College of Law of the University of California. The Hastings policy bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and the Christian Legal Society bars gay people from becoming members. Hastings has argued - with backing from many in public higher education - that state universities have an obligation to adhere to strict anti-bias rules. But the Christian Legal Society - with backing from many religious groups - has argued that forcing it to comply with anti-bias rules amounts to infringing on its First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
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