February 2019 Church & State Magazine - February 2019

Wisconsin Court Says Transgender Policy Violates Church Rights

  Rob Boston

A court in Wisconsin has ruled that a city’s ordinance designed to protect transgender people infringes on the rights of houses of worship.

The city of De Pere approved the ordinance in 2017. It prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity or expression. Five churches and a Christian radio station sued over it, reported the Green Bay Gazette.

In late December, Judge William Atkinson of the Brown County Circuit Court ruled for the churches, asserting that they are not public accommodations under the law and thus it does not apply to them.

City officials argued that the ordinance was never intended to apply to houses of worship, and that it contains exemptions for entities that are “distinctly private.”

De Pere City Attorney Judy Schmidt-Lehman said the city council would decide what to do after reviewing the court’s ruling.

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Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.


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