Lawsuit against Catholic University’s same-sex dorms dismissed

posted at 6:05 pm on December 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

If a positive conclusion exists to be written, I’m more than happy to write it. Earlier this summer, I highlighted a George Washington University law professor’s intention to sue Catholic University of America for its administration’s decision to reinstate same-sex dorms. The professor argued CUA’s decision violated the District of Columbia’s Human Rights Act and constituted “gender discrimination.”

At the time, I wrote:

According to a CUA statement, [CUA president John] Garvey is “confident” the law does not require men and women to be housed in the same residence halls. I hope he’s right — for the sake of the students who stand to benefit (among other things, they’ll be less likely to face alcohol-related accidents or be depressed), but also because I couldn’t help but see in CUA’s decision an expression of traditional Catholic morality — a morality that explicitly warns against drunkenness and sex outside of marriage and that also suggests temptation is best avoided.

Garvey didn’t cite religious reasons for his decision, but perhaps he should have. If a Mennonite school can ban the national anthem, then surely a Catholic school can establish living norms that tend to support the teaching of the Catholic Church. As with Goshen College, CUA is a private school and, as such, should have the prerogative to establish its own rules in matters like this one. If students dislike those rules, they can vote with their feet — by, for example, attending nearby GW, [plaintiff John] Banzhaf’s own school, which recently enacted gender-blind housing.

Happily, Garvey was right. The Christian Post reports:

On Tuesday the District of Columbia has dismissed the complaint, saying that having single-sex dormitories was not unlawful under the District’s Human Rights Act. That is probably a relief to many. …

In the District’s written response, they say that Banzhaf’s complaint merely offered “conjecture and speculation” on how the school’s policy may affect women and also saying that his examples were “not factual allegations.”

CUA President John Garvey wanted to move away from what he considered “mixed-gender housing” in an effort to crack down on alcohol abuse and causal sex among students and was elated by the agency’s decision.

Score one for liberty!

P.S. In case you wondered, yes, this is the same John Banzhaf who brought a complaint against CUA for not providing Muslim students rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers. What’s his problem, anyway?


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I’m not Catholic, but I support this common-sense decision. If it’s so important that you have co-ed dorms, don’t go to a school that promotes values of the Catholic Church. How difficult is that?

aunursa on December 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Tina: John Banzhaf is just a law professor who wants to look relevant from a teaching position. After all, isn’t that what students go to big Universities for- to see these “revel” professors who don’t follow the status quo?

Exit comment: the male gender is like being the “1%” these days- all concerns are about discrimination and “inequality” for women, gays, and males (as long as they belong to one of the many categorized minorities). If you are a white male then you are responsible for all their inequality, suffering, you are a potential rapist, or simply evil.

ptcamn on December 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

What’s his problem, anyway?

Hatred of Christianity in particular? Religion in general?

rbj on December 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

What’s his problem, anyway?

Uhhh, he’s a fu*king idiot with an agenda?

Tim Zank on December 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I bet he hates Christmas trees in college libraries, too.

djl130 on December 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

What’s his problem? He’s a typical, arrogant, buttinski leftist that thinks he’s smarter than all that surround him. You know. He’s like the average leftist?

Warner Todd Huston on December 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

John Banzhaf is an extraordinarily poor attorney. We have all confronted such as he: a bombastic filibusterer filled with irrelevant and speculative nonsense. Short on the law and long on his exceptionally weak intellect.

pat on December 2, 2011 at 6:27 PM

When the majority of students or the parents who are actualy paying the dorm bills complain it might become an issue.

katiejane on December 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

On what basis could he possibly have argued he had legal standing to initiate the lawsuit?

acasilaco on December 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

What’s his problem, anyway?

As a couple of people have already noted, he’s sacrificed his humanity for the sake of his agenda – he’s an arrogant progressive who’s probably as oppositional as a three-year old cranky child. All you parents know what I’m talking about.

Mix that personality with a progressive agenda and the hilarity ensues.

martin.hale on December 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Banzhaf’s complaint merely offered “conjecture and speculation”

When the left initiates a lawsuit, you can count on “conjecture” and “speculation”, along with other anecdotal “evidence”.

GarandFan on December 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I think I lived in that Dorm photographed one summer. It the one closest to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was coed when I lived there, but the University was basically just renting rooms to make money.

Anyway, I’m glad that the Court dismissed the case. More cases need to be summarily dismissed like this.

thuja on December 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Back in the 70′s when I went to Purdue, their definition of “coed” dorms was one side tower of girls and one side tower of boys, and a shared lobby/study area and shared cafeteria and laundry space in the middle. They locked the girls tower at night and we had to sign in and out of our side after 11 pm. The boys side was never locked and they never had to sign in and out.

We didn’t think anything of it. Frankly I preferred it that way. We girls always got more of our deposit back at the end of the year since most of the “damage” to the dorm was always on the boys side since we all know how rough housing usually broke stuff during the year.

I don’t know what they do now. Purdue still also had same sex dorms, too. They had a very well managed student housing program. The cafeteria food was even excellent. I never lived off campus because why cook or clean when you can live in the dorm and someone else would do it for you? Good Times.

(We didn’t have 24 hour visitation with the opposite sex either, the dorms were restricted from 11 pm to noon each day from the opposite sex.)

karenhasfreedom on December 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM

What’s his problem, anyway?

Litigious Agitator – A person who files frivolous lawsuits

Kini on December 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

So will he quit or file it in a different court?

Cindy Munford on December 2, 2011 at 7:13 PM

yes, this is the same John Banzhaf who brought a complaint against CUA for not providing Muslim students rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers. What’s his problem, anyway?

He’s a lib with no life.

oh, and micro-p3nis

Tim_CA on December 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM

One underlying strategy of the leftists is to attack all of our established customs, the ultimate goal being to dismantle our society and then rebuild it in their Marxist wannabee image.

Christmas became Winter Holiday, Easter became spring break, our borders became symbols of racism, PC speech replaced honest expression, the unborn became zygotes or fetuses, killing the unborn became a woman’s right to choose, religion became a target of mockery. Tne list is almost endless; the end game is control.

Louis on December 2, 2011 at 9:12 PM

P.S. In case you wondered, yes, this is the same John Banzhaf who brought a complaint against CUA for not providing Muslim students rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers. What’s his problem, anyway?

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That’s simple, he’s a left wing, jack booted, goose stepping piece of shit that wants to force communism down the throats of the American people! One way of doing that is by attacking ANY Christian values that still remain! Remove God, remove morality, and brain wash the young by any means necessary, and sex and booze is one way of getting there!

Confederate on December 2, 2011 at 9:23 PM

What’s his problem, anyway?

He’s an immense tool, for starters.

One of the most hard-line groups AGAINST mixed dorms would be MUSLIMS.

The dick can’t even be consistent in his immense toolery.

Jack Bauer on December 3, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Yeah for CUA!!

txmomof6 on December 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM

In case you wondered, yes, this is the same John Banzhaf who brought a complaint against CUA for not providing Muslim students rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers. What’s (Banzhaf’s) problem, anyway?

his problem is that he’s a grandstanding a-hole, craving attention.

GW University should fire this a$$klown post-haste. I know one GW alumnus who has already stopped giving to his alma mater specifically because of Banzhaf.

CatchAll on December 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Hell will have a special dorm for the professor. He’ll room with a demon whose friends and he have spikes on their ding-a-lings and wil constantly show their ‘affection’ for the professor for all eternity.

At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

madmonkphotog on December 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM