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Alumni and Friends of Cumberland School of Law Support for OUTLaw

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Current students at Cumberland School of Law seek to establish a LGBTQ+ recognized organization -- Cumberland OUTLaws. The purpose of the group will be to promote diversity and encourage legal studies specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Samford University must approve this group through a complex recognition process.

As you may know, Samford University has historically refused to formally recognize any LGBTQ+ organization on its campus. When a group of undergraduates attempted to do so in 2016 (Samford Together), the request did not proceed to the final step of the approval process.

Samford's non-discrimination clause states, "The University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, ..." which, as promulgated by the United States Supreme Court, includes claims regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Furthermore, the Core Values of Samford include providing to its students "learning and responsible freedom of inquiry," "appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions," and "personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility."

By signing this petition as alumni and friends of Cumberland School of Law, you support the creation and recognition of Cumberland OUTLaws, a LGBTQ+ law student organization, devoted to inclusion, equality, and legal studies specific to LGBTQ+ issues, students, and allies.

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