Law School Religion Case Seemingly Divides Supreme Court

April 20, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in a high-profile case involving the University of California's Hastings College of Law and a Christian student group, and the dispute appeared to leave the justices deeply divided, according to numerous news reports. USA Today, for instance, reported that the justices seemed divided on ideological grounds, with liberal judges appearing to side with the law school's desire to prevent discrimination by refusing to recognize a student group that keeps out gay students and non-Christians, and conservative judges backing the religious group. But the newspaper said several justices at times argued that the case had not been sufficiently developed in the lower courts.

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