IFAS | Freedom Writer | January/February 1999 | court.html

Court rules in favor of discrimination

San Francisco, California Landlords citing religious reasons can refuse to rent to unmarried couples, according to a ruling from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 decision on January 14, 1999 the court overruled an Alaska law banning housing discrimination based upon marital status.

Writing for the majority, Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain said the Alaska law violated the property owners' freedom of religion, their property rights, and freedom of speech.

If the decision stands, the ruling will be binding on in nine western states, including Alaska and California.

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