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There is an exception to the rule that services must be offered without discrimination. It only applies to organizations such as charities, schools, social clubs or fraternities that want to limit their right of membership and involvement. They are allowed to do this on the condition that they serve only or mostly a particular group of people identified by a Code ground. For example, a cultural club serving only persons with physical disabilities may limit membership to those persons, and a shelter for battered women is allowed to serve only people who identify as women.

Because this is an exception to the Code, it must be read narrowly. Only organizations that clearly qualify as religious, charitable, etc. can use this section.

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