UNC: Christian belief OKs dumping gay group member
October 14, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --
Officials at North Carolina's flagship university say a Christian singing group had the latitude to expel a member who identified himself as gay.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the decision by the Christian a cappella group Psalm 100 did not violate the school's non-discrimination policy.
The university's non-discrimination policy allows student groups to limit their memberships to students who share specific beliefs, but not on personal characteristics like race, age or sexual orientation.
The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said Psalm 100 kicked the student out because he no longer lived up to the belief that the Bible restricts sex to heterosexual marriage.
Campus student affairs vice chancellor Winston Crisp said the university could not find evidence contradicting the group's position.