Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation
MAULE at LAW.VILLANOVA.EDU
Fri Feb 4 11:42:57 PST 2000
Some of the threads (including but not limited to the Boy Scout thread) have involved discussions in which some have asserted that discrimination on the basis of race and gender discrimination is different than discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The first few paragraphs from http://www.lawnewsnetwork.com/stories/A14963-2000Feb1.html
In a ruling sure to spark national debate, an
Orange County, Calif., based appellate court said
Tuesday that gays and lesbians enjoy the same
protection as minorities and women in serving on
Homosexuals "cannot be discriminated against in
jury selection," 4th District Court of Appeal Justice
William Bedsworth wrote for a unanimous panel.
"For such discrimination will send an intolerable
message" that because of their sexual orientation
gays and lesbians are unfit to serve on juries,
Bedsworth concluded. "We will not send that
Is the law evolving to elimination of the alleged distinction? To its elimination under certain but not all circumstances?
[For example, does this mean if parents are not permitted to pull their children as students from a class taught by a person of another race or of the "wrong" gender that they cannot do so with respect to someone of the "wrong" sexual orientation?]
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