Appeals court allows Christian school to expel lesbian students

Posted on 29 Jan 2009 at 6:05pm
By Associated Press

California Lutheran High School’s goal is to ‘educate based on Christian principles,’ spokesman says

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California appeals court has ruled that a Christian high school can expel students because of an alleged lesbian relationship.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside on Monday, Jan. 26 upheld California Lutheran High School’s right as a private, religious organization to exclude students based on sexual orientation.

Two girls sued claiming they were discriminated against after they were expelled from the Wildomar school in 2005. A lower court said the school isn’t bound by the same anti-discrimination laws as a business establishment.

John McKay, attorney for California Lutheran, says the school’s goal is to educate based on Christian principles.

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