Lesbians Settle Suit Against Christian Docs

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A San Diego lesbian couple has settled a discrimination lawsuit outside of court with the Christian doctors they accused of denying them service because of their sexual orientation. 
The doctors told Guadalupe Benitez and her partner Joanne Clark that their religious beliefs prevented them from inseminating the couple. 

"We felt helpless, humiliated and trapped, and it's been a long, hard fight to get to this point," Benitez told San Diego's 6 News.    

California's Supreme Court sided with the couple in a ruling last year. 

In a joint statement, the doctors said they were "sincerely sorry that Ms. Benitez and Ms. Clark have felt this way, and have never meant to treat Ms. Benitez with disrespect." 

"Defendants want all of their patients, including those who are lesbian and gay, to feel welcome and accepted in their medical practice, and are committed to treating all of their patients with equal dignity and respect in the context of the highest quality of medical care," the statement said.
The court said that religious freedom and free speech rights do not allow doctors to discriminate based on sexual orientation. 

The case was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

*Originally published September 30, 2009

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