Jan 30, 2009

Christian School Can Expel Students It Believes Are Lesbians

I wrote the headline that way on purpose, because all the other headlines say something like "Christian School Can Expel Lesbian Students," while in fact, the girls involved in this case don't say one way or the other what their sexual orientation is. They were expelled because the school, California Lutheran High School in Riverside, California, believed they were lesbians and didn't like the way the girls liked each other. The school said the girls had "a bond of intimacy" that was "characteristic of a lesbian relationship". Hmmm...

Notwithstanding the conjecture factor, the Fourth Appellate District held that the school has a right to expel students who violate its "Christian Conduct" rules. The primary ruling in the opinion (PDF) is that the school isn't a business under California's Unruh Act, which prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, among other things.

The girls' lawyer says they will appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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