September 25, 2009 --
D.C. Judge issues a mixed decision in “ex-gay” discrimination case
By Oregon Faith Report,
A Washington D.C. Superior Court judge ruled back in June that people who consider themselves “ex-gays” are protected from discrimination under the sexual orientation provision of the city’s Human Rights Act. However, in the same ruling, Judge Maurice Ross also ruled that the Washington, D.C. based National Education Association (NEA) did not violate the Human Rights Act by refusing to allow Parents & Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) to participate with an information booth at the NEA’s 2002 convention.
The case originated after PFOX filed a complaint with the Office of Human Rights (OHR) in Washington, D.C., against the NEA after they were denied the opportunity to rent booth space at NEA’s 2002 exhibition fair. The NEA had claimed the rejection was due to limited space, but PFOX claimed it was due to discrimination against the group’s sexual orientation. The OHR sided with the NEA, so PFOX filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn that 2005 OHR decision.
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