The following comes from an August 11 College Fix article:
Religious colleges in California are safe from state regulation of their religious practices, for now.
Following heavy opposition from a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim college leaders, as well as legal scholars and others across the ideological spectrum, a state senator has promised to pull the most objectionable provision from his college antidiscrimination bill.
Democrat Ricardo Lara told the Los Angeles Times Wednesday he will amend SB 1146 to remove a provision that would open California religious colleges to litigation if they enforce lifestyle expectations that disfavor LGBT students, such as a prohibition on same-sex intimacy.
Transgender students could have sued if their colleges kept them out of housing, bathrooms or locker rooms reserved for the other biological sex. Married homosexual couples could have sued if schools kept them out of married student housing.
The “public shaming” provision will remain in the bill, however: Colleges must disclose if they have an exemption and tell the state Commission on Student Aid when they expel students for violating lifestyle expectations.
Lawyer and National Review contributor David French, whose brief flirtation with a third-party presidential run put him on the national radar, wrote that Lara’s backtracking shows what social conservatives can do when they organize.
Though college leaders are justifiably “breathing a sign of relief … the threat is hardly over,” so California Christians should spend the next several months “building coalitions and signaling that resistance next year will be even more vigorous than this year,” French said.