Supreme Court: University of Wisconsin to pay $500,000 in damages to Catholic group.

The lawsuit began after UW-Madison withheld a portion of the $253,000 reimbursement requested by Badger Catholic, then known as the Roman Catholic Foundation.

In 2010, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the university violated the group’s First Amendment right to free speech.

The UW-Madison System Board of Regents asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling, arguing that a public university should not be required to provide funds specifically for religious worship activities, but the request was denied.

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Court: University of Wisconsin Must Fund Catholic Organization

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTAQ) – The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the University of Wisconsin has to fund a Catholic student organization whose activities include worship, religious instruction and evangelism.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the court ruled the university’s decision to reject the Badger Catholic organization’s budget for the last 3 years violated the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Judges also used Wisconsin’s decision to fund other student organizations like the MultiCultural Student Coalition, a social justice group, and Sex Out Loud, which promotes healthy sexuality, as reasons for why the Catholic group should get school money.

The court also said if University of Wisconsin officials try to evade their decision, they will “come to regret it.”

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