On Friday evening, the Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction that blocks the finding of a lower court that would have required a Jewish institution in New York to recognize an LGBTQ+ student club. If the lower court’s finding had been upheld, the Jewish institution would have been required to do so.
In a case that was heard by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court issued a decision that was found in favor of Yeshiva University. Yeshiva University had argued that the YU Pride Alliance was operating in violation of state human rights legislation.
However, Yeshiva University maintained that the human rights act did not apply to religious institutions since it was specifically designed to apply only to secular organizations.
As Yeshiva University is chartered as a non-religious school, Judge Lynn Kotler of the New York County Supreme Court ruled on June 14 that the university is required to comply with the New York City Human Rights Law because of its status as a non-religious institution. This judgment served as the foundation for the decision that was made on Friday.