A conservative Christian business organization at the University of Iowa is suing the school after it was kicked off campus for denying a leadership position to a gay member, according to Vice News.
The group, Business Leaders in Christ, requires that those appointed to leadership positions support its Christian beliefs, including the belief that homosexuality is wrong.
A gay member of the organization sought a leadership position but was denied because he said he “disagrees with, and would not try to live by, BLinC’s Christian principles,” regarding sexual orientation.
The university asserted that the BLinC was in violation of the school’s Human Rights policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Here is the school’s statement:
“The University of Iowa respects the right of students, faculty, and staff to practice the religion of their choice. However, when a voluntary student organization chooses to become a registered student organization, it must adhere to the mission of the university, the UI’s policies and procedures, and all local, state, and federal laws.”
The BLinC was removed as a student organization, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa will hear the case Thursday.