SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2008 (LifeSIteNews.com) – A lesbian woman in California has won a law suit in which she claims doctors at a fertility clinic discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation.
In a 7-0 decision yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that religious beliefs do not excuse doctors from the state’s anti-discrimination law, which “imposes on business establishments certain anti-discrimination obligations.”
“The 1st Amendment’s right to the free exercise of religion does not exempt defendant physicians here from conforming their conduct to the . . . anti-discrimination requirements, even if compliance poses an incidental conflict with the defe ndants’ religious beliefs,” wrote Justice Joyce L. Kennard in the 18-page decision.
According to an L. A. Times report, Kenneth R. Pedroza, who represented the doctors, said the ruling would probably cause many physicians to refuse to perform inseminations at all. Pedroza said Dr. Brody did not violate the law because it did not bar discrimination on the basis of marital status when Benitez sought insemination in 1999. The state law has since been amended.
A press release from the Capitol Resource Institute, a California family policy advocacy group, said, “The California Supreme Court’s decision proves that these activist judges are willing to deny our First Amendment religious freedom in order to create rights for homosexuals.” (http://www.capitolresource.org/)
The Pacific Justice Institute, a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom which had filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the doctors, concurred: “Today, California’s highest court unanimously ruled that the state’s civil rights laws offer virtually no exceptions for people of faith. Unless the ruling is eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court . . . its implications appear to be far-reaching. For instance, the ruling probably means that, regardless of their beliefs, everyone in the state’s wedding industry must service gay weddings, California family law attorneys must handle gay adoptions and same-sex divorces, and so on.”
PJI President Brad Dacus said, “This case starkly demonstrates the take-no-prisoners approach of the gay rights movement. They will not stop until they have silenced or bankrupted every voice of conscience who disagrees with them.”
Forced Abortion. Canada. You watch.