No religious freedom for California physicians:
SAN FRANCISCO — — Doctors may not discriminate against gays and lesbians in medical treatment, even if the procedures being sought conflict with physicians’ religious beliefs, the California Supreme Court decided today.
In the second, major gay-rights victory this year, the state high court said religious physicians must obey a state law that bars businesses from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
“The 1st Amendment’s right to the free exercise of religion does not exempt defendant physicians here from conforming their conduct to the . . . antidiscrimination requirements,” Justice Joyce L. Kennard wrote for the court.
This ruling (pdf)
seems to apply to all businesses across the board. Some of you may remember the bit of trouble I got into some years back when I owned a print shop and refused to print materials for a homosexual group. I lost some customers and was subject to a few weeks of small-time harassment (phone calls, letters, e-mails and probable vandalism), but there was no legal action. Now, it appears, the homosexualist agitators will be able to force all California businesses to accommodate their “lifestyle”. Printers will be forced to print their perverted literature; photographers will be forced to shoot their “weddings”; caterers will be forced to cater their receptions; etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if OB students were forced to do AI procedures on lesbians as a part of their “training”. Hmmm. Got a son or a daughter headed for med school in California?