Yet another assault on freedom from the non-discrimination juggernaut: Catholic University of America faces litigation over its plan to transition to single-sex dorms.
In a Wall Street Journal column announcing the decision, CUA President John Garvey explained that when male and female students live in the same dorms, they are more likely to drink excessively and to engage in casual sexual encounters. Garvey wrote:
The point about sex is no surprise. The point about drinking is. I would have thought that young women would have a civilizing influence on young men. Yet the causal arrow seems to run the other way. Young women are trying to keep up — and young men are encouraging them (maybe because it facilitates hooking up).
Enter George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf informed CUA that, in his judgment, its proposed move violated the District of Columbia Human Rights Act‘s ban on sex discrimination in housing, and that he intended to sue. Preposterously, Banzhaf equates single-sex dorms with racial segregation.
Banzhaf’s real objection seems to be Catholic’s presupposition that extramarital sexual activity is morally inappropriate. Efforts by faith-based educational institutions to maintain and bolster traditional sexual morality are increasingly under attack, and non-discrimination rules are frequently the weapon of choice. Let us hope that CUA will fend off this unjustified attack on its freedom.
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