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Apr 19, 2010 12:31 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Court appears to split sharply on campus Christian argument

Supreme Court justices seemed to split sharply on whether a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group because it won't let gays or non-Christians join.

The court heard arguments from the Christian Legal Society, which wants recognition from the Hastings College of the Law. Lower courts threw out a lawsuit trying to force the school to make it a campus organization.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito questioned the school's lawyer sharply, saying that being forced to admit someone who doesn't share their beliefs was a threat to the group.

But Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor pressed the group's lawyer on notion that if they can ban gays, other groups can legally ban women and minorities.

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