Christian fraternity makes case to federal judges

ATLANTA (AP) -- A lawyer for a Christian fraternity says the University of Florida's nondiscrimination policy threatens the core beliefs of Beta Upsilon Chi.

Lawyers for the student group and university argued before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta today. The court issued an injunction in July ordering the school to recognize the fraternity while the case moves forward.

The fraternity requires its members to be Christians. It hasn't been allowed to join the off-campus system of fraternities and sororities because its rules bar religious discrimination.

Fraternity attorney Tim Tracy says the 16-member group is deprived of access to meeting space and the ability to advertise and recruit members on campus.

UF says the fraternity is still welcome to operate on campus, just not under the school's auspices.

It's unclear when the judges will make a decision in the case.


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