State lawmakers in Tennessee are considering legislation that would protect faith-based organizations on state college campuses from non-discrimination policies that many say actually discriminate against the groups themselves.

On Wednesday, a state Senate committee unanimously approved SB 3597, which if passed into law would prevent state colleges from denying religious groups official recognition on the basis of their religious speech and worship. It also states that religious organizations should be able to operate within their particular religious mission, and “only persons committed to that mission should conduct such activities.”

This bill comes at a time when religious organizations are clashing with Vanderbilt University, a private university located in Nashville, over its non-discrimination policy that would potentially force Christian student groups to allow non-Christians as members and even leaders if they want to be officially recognized by the school.

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