Monday, November 01, 2021

Certiorari Denied In Catholic Hospital's Free Exercise Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review in Dignity Health v. Minton, (Docket No. 19-1135, certiorari denied 11/1/2021) (Order List.) Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch would have granted review. In the case, a California state appellate court (full text of opinion) held that California's Unruh Civil Rights Act allows a suit against a Catholic hospital for unequal access by a transgender man whose doctor was not permitted to perform a hysterectomy on him at the hospital. The hospital argued that performing the procedure would violate its long-held religious beliefs.