Judge: Homeowners’ board may owe Christians punitive damages

The complaint of a single resident of a planned community of hundreds of homes in California prompted the homeowners association board to banish four Christian groups that had been meeting in a common building, some for nearly a decade.But board members Karyl Ralles, Tom Burch, Jim Griffin, Kay Marks and Steve Steiber now face the possibility of a huge liability for what Christian group members describe as a violation of their civil rights.A judge in a California court has refused to dismiss claims for punitive damages against the board members.The Pacific Justice Institute, representing Christians who live in the Solera at Kern Canyon community in Bakersfield, California, said Thursday a judge in Kern County Superior Court has denied four motions on behalf of the association, its board of directors and its general manager to strike a request for punitive damages.“The court observed that the allegations, if proved, would be akin to racism and other forms of civil rights violations justifying punitive damages,” PJI said.

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