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California Private Schools Can Expel Lesbians

The headline might seem like something out of a time capsule, but it's still true today that gay students in California do not have a right to attend private schools. A state court ruled yesterday that because California Lutheran High School is a social organization, and not a business, it is not subject to state antidiscrimination laws.

In the 3-0 ruling the court maintained:

The whole purpose of sending one's child to a religious school is to ensure that he or she learns even secular subjects within a religious framework.

The decisions was based on an earlier ruling that held that the Boy Scouts of America could exclude gays and atheists.

The two girls at the center of the case were expelled after another student reported certain postings found on their MySpace pages. The principal questioned them about their sexual orientation, and then expelled them based on their answers. After the ruling, their lawyer lamented that according to the decision, religious schools can discriminate on any basis.

Since this ruling will most likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, do you think it should be overturned or upheld?


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