Appeals court to reconsider religious discrimination case

March 22, 2000
Under the glare of a media spotlight and perhaps the stern gaze of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday will reconsider last year's controversial ruling that religious landlords can discriminate against unmarried couples.
    Reams of amicus curiae briefs have been filed in the Alaska case, and lawyers were in transit to San Francisco Tuesday, while C-SPAN warmed up its cameras for a rare -- if not unprecedented -- peek at the en banc oral arguments.
    Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, joined by Senior Judge Joseph Farris, upheld in Thomas v. Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, 97-35220, a free exercise clause claim against state and local laws in Alaska barring housing discrimination based on marital status.