New law allows student groups to discriminate, still get funding

Student groups at Virginia colleges can still collect college funding even if they are not all-inclusive, after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the Student Group Protection Act into law Friday, the Huffington Post reports. Under the new law, Virginia colleges cannot withhold funds from religious or political student groups that don’t accept certain members based on religion, sexual orientation or personal beliefs. For example, a student group could exclude lesbian students by citing religious beliefs or require that all members are of a certain faith, but it would still be eligible for college funding.

“We think that under the bill as it’s crafted, the university would have to fund a white supremacist organization,” Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, told the Commonwealth Times

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