In an employment discrimination action filed by a man who claims he was fired because he is gay, a Manhattan judge has ordered the defendant to answer interrogatories regarding his religious beliefs, including whether he believes homosexuality is “a sin against God” and that “gays and lesbians are doomed to eternal damnation.”

Defendant Ted Doudak, president of Long Island City, N.Y.’s Riva Jewelry Manufacturing, contested the discovery demands, arguing that they impeded his constitutional rights to privacy and to freely exercise his religion, Christianity.

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