The most poignant efforts are being instituted against religious organizations that are being forced off of campuses because they require the leaders in their group to share the group's faith. Within the California State University system (CSU) CLS v. Martinez is manifesting itself through an Open Membership requirement, requiring that the leadership and membership in all student organizations be open to all interested students. Many religious and political clubs within the system are facing many problems as a result.
Anti-discrimination efforts have gone too far, university administrators with the support of this legal decision mandating diversity within student clubs instead of protecting diversity among student clubs.
A handful of states, on their own initiative, have taken measures to protect belief-based student groups, passing legislation allowing belief-based student groups to have belief-based requirements for membership or leadership. While it is disappointing that individual states have had to step in to protect the First Amendment rights of students and student groups to freely assemble, it is a good response toward remedying this issue.
Open membership policies propped up by CLS v. Martinez fail to do any good and instead only harm and promote division among student organizations, and inhibit a positive campus climate. With much hope perhaps California in the near future may be able to pursue legislation to protect belief-based student organizations, and bring sanity back to our universities--at least in this regard.