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Catholic University Denies Recognition to LGBT Student Group

Catholic university refuses to acknowledge LGBT student groupPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Catholic University of America is refusing to recognize an LGBT student group on campus, fearing that the group would engage in advocating for equality, according to the Washington Blade. Catholic University rejected the group, CUAllies, the same week that Notre Dame took steps to bolster support for LGBT students, including recognition for an on-campus LGBT group.

This is not the first time Catholic said no to the student group – university officials previously denied a request for formal recognition after the group formed in 2009.

A statement from the university indicated school officials feared the group would lead to on-campus advocacy for the “homosexual lifestyle:”

In declining the request for official university recognition of CUAllies, the administrators indicated their belief that, in spite of the group’s stated intent to uphold Catholic Church teachings, it would be extremely difficult for that pledge to be honored over time. They pointed out that there is a fine line, easily crossed, between a group dedicated to education and support of individuals who identify themselves as homosexuals and one that engages in advocacy on behalf of a homosexual lifestyle.

In addition to Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic institution, taking steps to embrace its LGBT students; the University of Iowa recently added optional questions concerning sexual orientation and gender identity to its application – making it the first public institution and the second U.S. college or university to adopt such questions.

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