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SOGI Casebook chapters Archives: Freedom of religion and non-discrimination

North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group v. San Diego County Superior Court, Guadalupe T. Benitez, Real Party in Interest, Supreme Court of California, United States (18 August 2008)

Procedural Posture The plaintiff sued a medical clinic and two of its employee physicians (Brody and Fenton), alleging that their refusal to perform intrauterine insemination violated her right to be free from discrimination. The defendants argued that their right to the free exercise of religion was an affirmative defence. The Superior Court of San Diego […]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Summary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received, A/HRC/4/21/Add.1, March 8, 2007

152. The Special Rapporteurs brought to the attention of the Government information they had received relating to a questionnaire introduced in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The questionnaire is to be answered by citizens of the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) who apply for German citizenship. According to the information […]

Chamberlain v. Surrey School District No. 36, Supreme Court of Canada (20 December 2002)

Procedural Posture The plaintiff teacher sought legal intervention when the Surrey School Board refused to approve three books that depicted same-sex partnerships because they thought the books would cause controversy and expose children to ideas that conflicted with the beliefs of their parents. The School Board resolution was quashed by the Supreme Court of British […]

Hall v. Powers, Ontario Supreme Court, Canada (10 May 2002)

Procedural Posture The plaintiff sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from preventing him from attending a prom at a Catholic high school with his boyfriend. Facts The plaintiff was a student in a Catholic high school. Several months before the prom (an annual dance for high school students), he expressed his wish to bring […]