Homosexual student groups at Georgetown University have applied for about $8,000 in university funds after school officials offered four specific "tangible benefits" mentioned in a recent D.C. Court of Appeals decision, a lawyer for the groups said yesterday.
But in a court filing, the students said they are still not receiving fully equal treatment, which they said the decision requires.
Richard A. Gross, the lawyer, said gay organizations at Georgetown's law school and main campus requested about $4,000 apiece for seminars on gay rights and the law after administrators said they could apply for funds. In addition, administrators have offered mailboxes, a computerized label service and mailing services.
In a motion filed late Monday in D.C. Superior Court, the students said the university has not offered them a long list of other benefits given to student groups, such as office space, furniture and stationery. The motion asks Superior Court Judge Sylvia Bacon to bar the university from any "continuing discrimination" against homosexuals.
Gary Krull, a spokesman for Georgetown, confirmed that the university had offered the four specific benefits and said that "there may be others under consideration."
According to a letter from Georgetown Law Dean Robert Pitofsky included in the court papers, Georgetown offered the four benefits on Jan. 13, two days after the Supreme Court turned down the university's request to stay the D.C. appeals court decision.