Judge rules Wayne State discriminated against Christian student group

A federal judge ruled Monday that Wayne State University violated the constitutional rights of a Christian student group that required its leaders to be Christians.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship had been active on the campus for 75 years before suing the school in 2018. The suit claimed Wayne State took away benefits it provides to other student groups because the religious requirement in InterVarsity’s constitution violated the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

Wayne State University's logo.

“The uncontested facts demonstrate that” Wayne State violated InterVarsity’s “rights to internal management, free speech, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, and free exercise as a matter of law,” U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland wrote in an 83-page opinion. “Defendants also violated the Establishment Clause as a matter of law.”

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