Calif. Supreme Court Lets School Expel Lesbians

Saturday, May 2, 2009  |  Updated 12:53 PM PDT
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Calif. Supreme Court Lets School Expel Lesbians

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

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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.

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