New Kansas Law Lets Student Groups Bar Members Based on Belief

March 23, 2016

The governor of Kansas signed legislation Tuesday that will bar public colleges in the state from requiring student groups to accept members who don't share their core beliefs, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

"I'm pleased to sign Senate Bill 175 today, the campus religious freedom bill, insuring that college students may also enjoy this bedrock American principle," Governor Sam Brownback said. "Senate Bill 175 preserves intellectual diversity and religious liberty by allowing student clubs and organizations to determine the membership of their own groups."

The newspaper cited concerns that the Kansas legislation may conflict with a series of federal court rulings earlier this decade upholding the right of colleges to enforce antibias rules when deciding whether to recognize religious student groups.

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