Judge Rules Against the University of Idaho for Punishing Christian Students for Opposing Homosexual Marriage

A federal judge has ordered the University of Idaho to rescind no-contact orders issued against three evangelical Christian law students who shared their religious views with another student.

Peter Perlot, Mark Miller and Ryan Alexander — members of the law school’s Christian Legal Society chapter — are “free to speak in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs” as a lawsuit against university President C. Scott Green and three other school officials progresses, an announcement from the Alliance Defending Freedom stated.

The public-interest law firm represents the three students, who sued the University of Idaho administrators in April after the no-contact orders were issued against them and subsequently against law professor Richard Seamon, faculty adviser to the school’s Christian Legal Society chapter.

The dustup at the university’s law school stems from an April 1 “moment of community” where students, faculty and staff gathered in front of the Moscow, Idaho, campus after an anti-LGBTQ+ slur was found on a whiteboard at the university’s Boise campus. The Christian Legal Society members were present and prayed “in a showing of support,” the order from federal Chief District Judge David C. Nye says.

After the prayer, “Jane Doe,” identified in the opinion as “a queer female and a law student at the University of Idaho School of Law,” approached the society members and asked why the group requires its officers to affirm marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Mr. Miller “respectfully explained” the requirement exists because chapter members believe it is the only position “affirmed in the Bible,” according to an ADF statement. Ms. Doe, the court order noted, “expressed her opinion that the Bible did not support such a conclusion.”

Later, Mr. Perlot left a note for Ms. Doe, saying, “I’m the president of CLS this semester. Feel free to come talk to me if you have anything you need to say or questions you want to ask” and let her know where he could be found.

That encounter was followed a few days later by a public denunciation of the group during an American Bar Association panel discussion at the school. Mr. Alexander, who was at the event, said Ms. Doe’s characterizations of the group were inaccurate. That led to the no-contact orders, which the three students said were issued without an opportunity to defend themselves.

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Source: Washington Times