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Ratio Christi at the University of Houston–Clear Lake v. Khator

Description:  Christian student organization, Ratio Christi, filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Houston-Clear Lake for discriminating against the group’s Christian beliefs by excluding Ratio Christi from Registered Student Organization status and the benefits that come with that recognition.


University of Houston-Clear Lake
Friday, Oct 29, 2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton regarding the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s decision to grant full recognition to Christian student organization Ratio Christi in Ratio Christi at the University of Houston–Clear Lake v. Khator, a lawsuit ADF filed Monday on behalf of Ratio Christi against the University of Houston-Clear Lake for discriminating against the group’s Christian beliefs by excluding Ratio Christi from Registered Student Organization status and the benefits that come with that recognition:

“Today, Ratio Christi received the good news they deserve—as a result of our lawsuit, the University of Houston-Clear Lake has now fully recognized the Christian student organization as a registered club on campus, granting them equal treatment among their peer groups. We commend the university and its general counsel for taking quick action to correct this injustice. Now, the university must do the next right thing and rescind the unconstitutional policies that are still in place that were used to exclude Ratio Christi because it requires its leaders to agree with its values and mission. It’s natural and expected that a Christian organization would require its leaders to be Christian; the university allows other organizations to have similar, commonsense leadership requirements. College should be a time when students learn firsthand how the Constitution protects their rights to express their opinion, as well as the opinions and views of those whom they disagree. University officials must act consistently with the law to ensure that all students are treated fairly and without discrimination based on their faith.”

The ADF Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to ensuring freedom of speech and association for students and faculty so that everyone can freely participate in the marketplace of ideas without fear of government censorship.

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ABOUT Caleb Dalton

Caleb Dalton, serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he plays a key role at the Center for Academic Freedom. Since joining ADF in 2013, Dalton has engaged in cultural advocacy and litigation on behalf of government agencies and private individuals to affirm the value of marriage and the fundamental rights of free speech and free exercise of religion. In 2017, Dalton joined the Center for Academic Freedom where he represents clients seeking to speak freely on campus without fear of unconstitutional government censorship. Dalton earned a J.D. at the Regent University School of Law, graduating cum laude. A member of the bar in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Arizona, he is also admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts.

ABOUT Gregg Walters

Gregg Walters serves as senior counsel for the Center for Academic Freedom with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he defends the First Amendment freedoms of college students and student organizations on university campuses. Before joining ADF in 2020, Walters served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois. During his 18 years with the Department of Justice, Walters prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal cases, including child exploitation, fraud, and violent crime matters. In his last five years as a federal prosecutor, he served as appellate chief, personally briefing and arguing over 60 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Before his time with the DOJ, Walters clerked for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm, a federal district judge, and was in private practice. A former officer in the U.S. Army, Walters graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in systems engineering. After his military service, he earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Walters is a member of the state bars of Arizona and Illinois and is admitted to practice in multiple federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.