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Court condemns Chile in lesbian judge case
Regional court condemns Chile in case of lesbian judge denied tuition for daughters
By The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) ' The Interamerican Court of Human Rights has condemned the Chilean government for refusing to pay her the tuition for her three daughters because she is a lesbian.

The Feb. 24 decision was publicized Wednesday in local newspapers, citing the regional court's official website.

The tribunal calls on Chile's government to pay $50,000 to Magistrate Karen Atala and her three daughters, and another $12,000 for court costs.

Atala filed a complaint with the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights in Nov. 2004 after Chile's Supreme Court decided to pay her daughters' government tuition to her ex-husband because she is lesbian.

The Interamerican Court says the Chilean government violated Atala's right to privacy.

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