The noose is tightening around the necks of Christian colleges in California as a bill winds its way through the state legislature.
SB 1146 states that unless a school is training pastors in a seminary setting, it cannot apply for a religious exemption to Title IX.
Title IX is the federal law, passed in 1972, that forbids discrimination in education against women. The law specifically addresses legal protections for women, such as funding for a female sports team, but the Obama administration claims legal protections for transgender students is also covered by Title IX.
There is a legal loophole for private schools, however, and the California law is aimed at closing that exemption.
Regarding the California law, Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute says the law would punish every student who heads to a Christian college with a "Cal Grant," the state's largest financial aid program.
"By saying that they cannot go to a Christian college that does not compromise its religious beliefs," the PJI attorney explains.
Dr. John Jackson, president of William Jessup University in Rocklin, says he's lobbying hard to save both Jessup and other colleges and universities in the Golden State.
Jessup, founded in 1939 as a Bible cllege, is a liberal arts university with approximately 1,200 students.
Jackson and other Californians face long odds, however, since they're located in the famously left-wing California.
Approximately 34 colleges and universities "have a license to discriminate" under current state law, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Ricardo Lara, has said.
Jackson says SB 1146 has passed the California Senate and is now being debated in the General Assembly.
"It opens the door for lawsuits," Jackson warns, "which we think will ultimately mean the inability of students to attend out schools, because we're not going to compromise on our biblical and faith convictions."
"This is an egregious violation of the rights and autonomy of religious institutions," Dacus says of the bill, "and amounts to nothing less than state hostility and persecution."