In Koebke v. Bernardo Heights Country Club (2005) 36 Cal.4th 824, the homeowners association denied spousal membership rights to the golf and club facilities to a gay couple, even though they were registered under California's Domestic Partner Act. The couple sued for discrimination under the Unruh Act. The court ruled that registered domestic partners have rights similar to married couples and the association's actions constituted unlawful discrimination.
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