Monday, August 18, 2008

California court says doctors cannot withhold care from gay people

I am rendered almost speechless that there could even be a question about such a thing.

California's highest court on Monday barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.

The ruling was unanimous and a succinct 18 pages, a contrast to the state Supreme Court's 4-3 schism in May legalizing gay marriage.

Justice Joyce Kennard wrote in the ruling that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state's law, which "imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations."
What doctor worthy of the title would ever think to deny treatment to any person? What Christian, of all people?

Whom would Jesus refuse to heal?

I really didn't think that right-wing haters were capable of shocking me anymore. They always manage to take it just one more step past the line of human decency.

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