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Calif top court: Docs can't withhold care to gays

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's highest court on Monday barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.

Justice Joyce Kennard wrote that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state's law, which ''imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations.''

In the lawsuit that led to the ruling,

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