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High court turns down couple’s appeal

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

The Minnesota Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a lesbian couple from Rochester claiming discrimination by the Rochester Athletic Club for refusing to sell them a family membership.

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied to hear the appeal of Sarah and Amy Monson. In January, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a district court decision made in November 2007, dismissing the civil lawsuit the couple had filed in Olmsted District Court.

The Monsons alleged discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the state human rights act. The litigation stems from an attempt by the Monsons, who are raising a child together, to become members of the Rochester Athletic Club at the family membership rate. The club denied the request, citing its policy to provide family rates only to married couples.

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The athletic club moved for summary judgment, saying the Monsons could not show differential treatment on the basis of sexual orientation. District Judge Kevin Lund agreed and dismissed the suit.

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