Yesterday, a California appeals court ruled that a Christian high school in Wildomar did not violate California's anti-discrimination law when it expelled two 16-year-olds whose bond was "characteristic of a lesbian relationship.” The school claimed that because it is a private institution, it does not have to comply with state laws, such as the one pertaining to discrimination. Boy Scouts of America v. Dale — a 1998 New Jersey case whose original decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2000 stating that private organizations could refuse entry to anyone they wish — provided a precedent for this case. Wait — so does this mean that a private institution or social organization could arbitrarily decide not to include black people? Or Jewish people? For some reason, I feel like that wouldn't go over so well. That brings us to the ever-complicated question of when to draw the line when it comes to legality, morality and, you guessed it — the church.
Gays in California already lost the right to marry back in November after Prop 8 passed — but now we can't go to school either? These girls didn't even explicitly say they were lesbians! Instead, after the girls claimed that they loved each other only as friends, the high school retorted that one girl's MySpace profile had "bisexual" and the other girl’s had "not sure" under the “sexual orientation” section. How embarrassing, in 2009, would a widespread "find out who's gay" witch hunt of students' MySpace and Facebook pages be? I thought McCarthyism was a strategy 40 or 50 years ago. Perhaps equality should be our new strategy now.