Christian group files lawsuit against University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A christian group on the University of Iowa campus has filed a lawsuit against the university.

According to the lawsuit, the UI revoked the registration of the group Business Leaders in Christ last month. This stems from a 2016 complaint where a member of the group, who is openly gay, asked if the group would consider him for vice president.

He claims the group denied this because of his sexual orientation. But the group says its leaders have to abide by the group's religious beliefs which include avoiding any sexual activity outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

Business Leaders in Christ filed the lawsuit on Monday. It includes 20 counts against the university.

The University of Iowa responded to the lawsuit today saying in part, "...when a voluntary student organization chooses to become a registered student organization, it must adhere to the mission of the university... Membership and participation in the organization must be open to all students without regard to race... religion... gender...sexual orientation... [etc.]"