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Religious Community Support for Cumberland OUTlaws

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Cumberland School of Law is in the process of establishing a LGBTQ+ recognized law student organization called Cumberland OUTLaws. The purpose of this group will be to promote diversity and encourage legal studies specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Samford University must approve this group via a complex recognition process.

Unfortunately, Samford University has historically refused to formally recognize ANY LGBTQ+ organization on its campus. When a group attempted to do so in 2016 (Samford Together), their request was not even presented to the Board of Trustees (a final step in the approval process).

Samford’s non-discrimination clause states “The University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, gender...”. Due to a recent US Supreme Court’s interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sex-based discrimination …includes claims of sexual orientation and gender identity-based discrimination.

If Samford does not approve this group, it will be considered a form of discrimination under law and a breach of their “Core Values” (e.g., “learning and responsible freedom of inquiry”, “appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions”, and “personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility”).

By signing this petition, please express your support for the creation of Cumberland OUTLaws, a LGBTQ+ recognized student organization devoted to inclusion, equality, and legal education of LGBTQ+ Cumberland students and their allies.

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