What to know what will happen if North Carolina recognizes homosexuality as a protected class?
In case you missed it, the CA Supreme Court ruled this week that doctors with conscientious objections to homosexuality cannot legally refuse to artificially inseminate lesbian couples.
Robert Tyler, the head attorney for the group that represented the defendants, has pledged to appeal the decision: “This decision cannot stand and we will evaluate our options to seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court.” Tyler also expressed concern that “the Supreme Court’s desire to promote the homosexual lifestyle risks infringing upon the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.”
Here in North Carolina, the General Assembly came close to passing legislation (HB 1366) that would have recognized sexual orientation as a protected class for the first time in N.C. law. It is very likely this legislation will be reintroduced in 2009. Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) also sponsored a bill (HB 1789) that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes recognized in hiring state and local employees.