Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tolerant - Just Not of You

Two 16-year-olds who were expelled from a Lutheran high school because they were suspected of being lesbians have sued the school for invasion of privacy and discrimination.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Riverside County Superior Court, seeks the girls' re-enrollment at the small California Lutheran High School, unspecified damages and an injunction barring the school from excluding gays and lesbians.

It is unfortunate that small minded people have to show such intolerance – especially to the point where someone can be expelled simply on the suspicion that they might be gay.

Kirk D. Hanson, an attorney for the girls, said the expulsion traumatized and humiliated them.

There is no right to not be humiliated and private institutions can bar individuals from membership (Boy Scouts v. Dale) unless Congress ties funding to the discrimination (Rumsfeld v. FAIR).  I don’t think that their legal chances look good.

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