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+ - State laws collide in online culture wars

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mcubed writes "From the Bay Area Reporter, we learn that "U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton has ruled that Michael and Rich Butler, a San Jose gay couple, can proceed with their discrimination suit against the Arizona-based Adoption.com." The suit is over Adoption.com's declining to post the couple's profile as prospective adoptive parents, which the Butlers allege is a violation of California anti-discrimination laws. Adoption.com maintains that California's consumer laws don't apply outside of California. (Arizona does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.) As the article notes, "The implications of the case are broader than the Butlers' desire to adopt." Says Shannon Minter, director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, representing the Butlers: "It means that companies that do business with California residents ... have to comply with state anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.""

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