Religion Clause: Department of Education Reaffirms BYU’s Exemption From LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Requirements

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The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, issued a determination letter (full text) on Feb. 8, 2022, dismissing a complaint filed by LGBTQ students at Brigham Young University. 

Religion Clause: Department of Education Reaffirms BYU’s Exemption From LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, issued a determination letter (full text) on Feb. 8, 2022, dismissing a complaint filed by LGBTQ students at Brigham Young University.  The University bans same-sex romantic relationships among its students.  The OCR letter affirms that the University is exempt from the non-discrimination provisions of Title IX:

to the extent that the application of those provisions would conflict with the religious tenets of the University’s controlling religious organization that pertain to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The University issued a press release announcing the OCR determination. Salt Lake Tribune reports on the determination and reactions to it.

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