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February 28, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In a pivotal test of religious rights versus fair-housing laws, the state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether landlords can cite their religious beliefs to refuse rentals to unmarried couples. The high court, in a brief order signed by all seven justices, set aside a widely debated appellate court ruling that held that the constitutional right of a Downey couple to free exercise of religion would be violated by forcing them to rent to a woman and her boyfriend.
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February 28, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
In a pivotal test of religious rights versus fair-housing laws, the state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether landlords can cite their religious beliefs to refuse rentals to unmarried couples. The high court, in a brief order signed by all seven justices, set aside a widely debated appellate court ruling that held that the constitutional right of a Downey couple to free exercise of religion would be violated by forcing them to rent to a woman and her boyfriend.
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November 28, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a precedent-setting decision with broad ramifications, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday that the constitutionally protected religious rights of a Downey couple would be violated if they were compelled to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple. The appeals court said that, while landlords John and Agnes Donahue had violated state discrimination laws, they were entitled to an exemption because of their "sincerely held religious belief that fornication and its facilitation are sins."
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