Senate Committee Hears Bill to Protect On-Campus Religious Groups

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This week, the Senate Education Committee heard SB 314, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), that would prohibit universities from discriminating against religious student organizations. If the bill were to pass, universities could not deny religious groups the use of campus facilities, means of communication, or other benefits when those groups require that its leaders adhere to standards of conduct consistent with the teachings of the religion upon which the group is based.

The MCC testified in support of the bill, which was opposed by the ACLU and others who argued that the bill will allow religious groups to discriminate against students who do not conform to the religious standards of behavior. SB 314 does not include language permitting groups to require members to adhere to their beliefs, but rather only leaders and those in a position to set the criteria for leadership. The committee could vote on the bill as soon as next week.

March 8, 2019 - 3:06pm
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