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H.R. 3243: Equal Campus Access Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 12, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

But would this permit religious student organizations to discriminate themselves, for example a Christian organization prohibiting LGBTQ members?

Context

The Equal Access Act of 1984 requires public high schools to treat all clubs or extracurricular activities equally, without discriminating based on a club’s religious affiliation. For example, a Bible Club should be treated the same as a Chess Club. Failure to do so is supposed to result in a loss of federal taxpayer funding.

The 1981 Supreme Court decision Widmar v. Vincent ruled that public universities cannot discriminate against a club or activity’s religious affiliation either. But currently such colleges remain bound by that 8–1 judicial interpretation ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3243

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 12, 2019

(for himself, Mrs. Hartzler, and Mr. Walker) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to ensure campus access at public institutions of higher education for religious groups.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equal Campus Access Act of 2019.

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Campus access for religious groups

Part B of title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1011 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Campus access for religious groups

None of the funds made available under this Act may be provided to any public institution of higher education that denies to a religious student organization any right, benefit, or privilege that is otherwise afforded to other student organizations at the institution (including full access to the facilities of the institution and official recognition of the organization by the institution) because of the religious beliefs, practices, speech, leadership standards, or standards of conduct of the religious student organization.

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