A new state law in Massachusetts prohibits discrimination against transgender people in public restrooms even in churches. The new law “punishes” churches and pastors, claims a conservative Christian organization in a lawsuit.
Alliance Defending Freedom, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, said it sued on behalf of four Massachusetts churches to protect their right to operate their facilities “in a manner that doesn’t violate their core religious beliefs.”
The new law, which went into effect in October, bars discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations. Among other things, it allows people to use the bathrooms or locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities, not their biological sex.
The state believes that churches are places of public accommodation and therefore must come under the law. The ADF contends that churches, like other public places will also have to open shower facilities and restrooms to transgender people.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination apparently intends “to force churches and pastors to refrain from religious expression regarding sexuality that conflicts with the government’s views.”
“Neither the commission nor the attorney general has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning a deeply held religious belief, such as human sexuality,” said attorney Steve O’Ban, senior counsel for ADF.
“We are pleased that we finally have a law in place that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places, said Maura Healey, the state attorney general.
The race to the bottom continues unabated as America becomes more and more absurd in the adoption and application of so-called “equality laws.”
“Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot.” Luke 17:28.