Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is opening an investigation of Yale Law School for what he claims is discrimination against students with "traditional Christian views" — and threatens legal action if they do not cooperate, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.
In a letter posted by the Examiner, Cruz writes Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken that a new law school policy could deny financial help to students based on the religious affiliation of the organization they work for.
According to the Federalist, the blacklisting controversy began when an LGBTQ group at Yale complained about an invitation to the Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom to speak on campus.
The group, called Outlaws, "demanded that Yale Law School 'clarify' its admissions policies for students who support ADF's positions," the Federalist reported — and called for for a boycott of the speaking event.
"Over the next 24 hours, almost every student group jumped onto the bandwagon and joined the boycott," the Federalist reported.
"Let's call a spade a spade: ADF is a hate group that does not belong on our campus and does not deserve legitimization," a campus-wide email from Outlaws read, the Examiner reported.
In the wake of the complaints, Yale Law School announced it was changing its policies related to school stipends for students who wanted to spend their summers working for organizations the school felt violated their nondiscrimination rules.
Cruz called the policy "transparently discriminatory."
"The First Amendment protects both free speech and the Free Exercise of religion," Cruz said. "Yale's new policy does neither."
ADF employees — like many Christian organizations — must sign a in which they affirm the Christian sexual ethic, which teaches "all forms of sexual immorality” — including homosexuality — "are sinful and offensive to God."