One Iowa Responds to Becket Fund’s Lawsuit Against the University of Iowa

On Monday, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sued the University of Iowa for de-registering Business Leaders in Christ, a student group on campus. The university removed the organization from their official student group registry after one of the group’s members claimed he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. This action violated both the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement supporting the University of Iowa in this case:

“As a registered student organization utilizing funding and resources from the University of Iowa, Business Leaders in Christ had an obligation to follow not only the policies and procedures of the university, but local and state law as well,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Both the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the University of Iowa’s Human Rights Policy are crystal clear. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is unacceptable at a publicly funded institution.”