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January 28, 2019

Judge Sides with Religious Retirement Home that Rejected Lesbian Applicants

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Harm, Homosexual, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:11

Welcome to America, where christian law rules and same sex couples marriages mean next to nothing.  Hugs

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/01/27/judge-sides-with-religious-retirement-home-that-rejected-lesbian-applicants/

A federal judge has sided with a religious retirement home that discriminated against a lesbian couple by rejecting their application for residence, saying the law doesn’t prohibit discrimination against homosexuals.

The married lesbian couple, Mary Walsh and Bev Nance, were rejected from Friendship Village in Missouri because the owner said their sexual orientation went against the Bible. They sued the senior living facilitylast year, with the help of the ACLU and other advocates.

A judge recently ruled, however, that the retirement home had the right to discriminate against homosexuals.

In other words, because the discrimination was based on sexual orientation and not strictly based on sex or gender itself, it’s acceptable according to the state’s laws. The judge relied on a controversial decision from 1989 to justify the ruling.

14 Comments »

  1. That’s fucked up but not surprising, considering the state.

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    Comment by silverapplequeen — January 28, 2019 @ 06:35

    • Hello SAQ. Every advance in equal rights has either started or been backed up by the courts. That is why packing the courts with Christian ideologues is so scary. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 28, 2019 @ 10:57

  2. This is what we have now…religious authoritarianism and right wing judges in a supposedly free country. The rest of Western Societies laugh at us. What idiots we are to still be stuck in the dark ages.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — January 28, 2019 @ 08:45

    • Hi Mary,

      No we dont’t lagh at America, we feel deeply sorry, cause we know, that the probs. you face over there, are coming to us in due time.

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      Comment by m-iles — January 28, 2019 @ 09:27

    • Hello Mary. Yes very true. We will have to work our butts off to make sure we do not get dragged back to the 12 century like the Islamic run countries have fallen back to the 1500’s. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 28, 2019 @ 11:01

  3. Discrimination too:
    read in the German news:
    An American, befriended with a doctor in Singapore, stole 14.200 datafiles of HIV-positively tested People of Singapore and HIV-positive tested foreigners, and published them in the Internet

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    Comment by m-iles — January 28, 2019 @ 11:02

  4. I’ll probably get run out of town by people with flaming torches, but …

    If the retirement home promoted itself as a Christian establishment, then (1) the lesbians should have known they would be rejected, and (2) since it would be against the religious beliefs of the home to hire them, it would have created all sorts of problems within the home.

    OK … now let me continue — I feel the courts were wrong in the action they took. However, based on the Laws of that state, their decision was within the statutes. Of course such laws are clearly discriminatory and should be removed from the books, but sadly, we still have a long ways to go for this to happen.

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    Comment by Nan — January 28, 2019 @ 12:37

    • Hello Nan. All things being equal you have a great point. However there was one thing that is left out of this report. In a prior report on this I read that this was the only facility of its type in the area where the lesbians had lived together. All there friends were in this area. Plus there is this part of the equation.

      In the last several years, there have been different-sex unmarried couples who share or shared a single housing unit at Friendship Village.

      While I wouldn’t want to have to live with religious bigots, they wanted to stay in the area they knew. That is what I understand the thing to be about. In our area there are a couple of these large scale developments that you can go from home to assisted living to nursing home in the same development. But they are expensive. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 28, 2019 @ 12:53

    • They were applying to live there, not for employment — that is, it was a matter of rejecting them as customers, not refusing to hire them. So it is more analogous to the “cake wars” stories of the last few years or the lunch-counter exclusions of the Civil Rights era.

      Courts regularly overturn laws that are found to be unconstitutional — they’re not expected to be deferential to every law that is on the books.

      That being said, if the couple had been accepted at this place, their lives would likely have been hell in a facility run by religious bigots.

      The problem is how easy it is to find an alternative. If bigots predominate in a given region (this story is from Missouri, a place I don’t know much about), allowing discrimination can mean that gays and other targeted groups have real trouble accessing services. That’s why anti-discrimination laws are most necessary in the places where the local culture is most hostile to them.

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      Comment by Infidel753 — January 29, 2019 @ 06:35

      • Whoops! I totally overlooked that they were applicants. In any case, I do agree with you that it wasn’t a very good choice on their part.

        The whole scenario stinks no matter how you look at it.

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        Comment by Nan — January 29, 2019 @ 12:04

  5. If they take no federal money then they are within thier rights. I bet however they are getting govt funding somewhere and if they are then it’s 100% illegal to hide behind religion on this issue.

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    Comment by Michelle Styles — January 28, 2019 @ 15:29


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