AG: Vanderbilt student group bill constitutionally suspect

AG: Vanderbilt student group bill constitutionally suspect


Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state attorney general's office says a bill that took aim at Vanderbilt University's treatment of religious student groups is "constitutionally suspect."

The proposal was the result of a controversy that began after a gay Vanderbilt student was thrown out of a Christian fraternity.

That caused the school to begin more strictly enforcing its "all-comers" policy. Vanderbilt's policy requires its student groups to allow any student to become a member and hold office, regardless of that student's beliefs.

The proposed law gave religious student groups the right to allow only those sharing their beliefs to become members and leaders.

It applied to state schools as well as private institutions receiving state funds in excess of $24 million.

The bill passed last year but was vetoed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

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