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S. 1168: Equal Campus Access Act of 2019

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


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, rather than explicitly through a federal law.

What the legislation does

The Equal Campus Access Act would disallow any federal ...

Sponsor and status

Roy Blunt

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Apr 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Apr 11, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 11, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 11, 2019

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S. 1168 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1168. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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