COURT BRIEF

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Alliance Defending Freedom Brief

“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored.

April 15, 2020

APPEAL NO. 19-3389
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT

INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP/USA, AND INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Plaintiff-Appellees
v.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, ET AL., Defendants-Appellants


Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa—Davenport The Honorable Stephanie M. Rose
Case No. 3:18-CV-00080


Brief of Religious Student Organizations as Amici Curiae in Support of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and Urging Affirmance


“Religious groups need not apply.” That is how the University of Iowa has interpreted and applied its paradoxically named “Human Rights Policy” since 2017. That Policy is why the University is now subject to four injunctions that it has brazenly ignored. “Governments”—and particularly universities—“must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions.” . Thus, this Court should affirm the district court’s rulings that (1) the University’s interpretation of its Policy is unconstitutional, and (2) the University officials do not deserve qualified immunity.

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