Calif. Supreme Court Lets School Expel Lesbians

The California Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court ruling that allowed a private religious school to expel two girls for an alleged lesbian relationship.

The state's highest court this week declined a request from the girls' attorney to review the case.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside in January had upheld California Lutheran High School's right as a private, religious organization to exclude students based on their sexual orientation.

The teens initially sued the Riverside County school in 2005 based on a state anti-discrimination law.

Advocates for religious freedom called it the right decision but the girls' attorney, Mike Grace, said he fears the decision could open the door to more religious discrimination.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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