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August 6, 2019
WASHINGTON (NRB) – Yesterday the Supreme Court decided to take up a case involving a Christian funeral home’s objection to a key employee’s decision to “transition” to a different sex. It brings us one step closer to a definitive ruling on the future rights of faith-based businesses and ministries, according to National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), America’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators.
A lower court had ordered the faith-based funeral service – which has the mission statement “to honor God in all that we do” – to allow its male director to dress and present himself at work as a woman.
“While the issue that the Supreme Court took up is a narrow one, whether civil rights protections against ‘sex’ discrimination passed in 1964 should include ‘gender identity’ and transgender rights, it will have vast implications for religious groups,” says Craig Parshall, General Counsel for NRB. “There is an increasing movement to force faith-based employers to bend to the newly-minted doctrine that a person’s subjective ideas of how they think of their own gender should always prevail, regardless of the religious conscience of employers, businesses, and ministries.”
The case is R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, Inc. v. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The funeral home is represented by NRB member organization Alliance Defending Freedom.
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