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Court Rules Only Straight Girls Need Enroll in Lutheran School

By Sandy Sand     Jan 28, 2009 in World
In an unanimous ruling, the California Supreme Court sided with California Lutheran High School in Riverside, California, deciding it was within its rights to expel two lesbian students.
In it’s ruling, the three-panel 4th District Court of Appeal ruled against the students, saying the school is a private religious organization and not a business, therefore the school did not violate state discrimination laws.
The 16-year-old girls were expelled in their junior year four years ago after the school said they were "conducting themselves in a manner consistent with being lesbians."
This is a “very troubling” ruling, said Kirk D. Hanson, attorney for the students, pointing out that the court gave carte blanche to any group that uses its religious beliefs to discriminate.
"It is almost like it (the court) could roll back 20 to 30 years of progress we have made in this area," Hanson added.
Pleased with the ruling, the school’s attorney John McKay said the purpose of the school is to "teach Christian values in a Christian setting pursuant to a Christian code of conduct."
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