Supreme Court to Decide if Christian Funeral Home Has to Recognize Employee’s Transgender Identity

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to look at a case which involves a Christian funeral home and its refusal to recognize an employee’s gender transition.

Given the weight of the issues considered in the case, many believe it could be a precedent-setting moment with regards to the future rights of faith-based businesses and their interactions with progressive gender norms.

A lower court had previously ordered the Michigan-based funeral service to allow its employee to dress and present themselves as a woman while at work. The business, which states its mission is to “honor God in all that we do,” argued that, due to the sensitive nature of its work, employees must maintain a high level of professionalism – as such, the business enforced a sex-specific dress code.

The issue likely to be at the center of the Supreme Court’s deliberations will be whether or not a 1964 federal Civil Rights law, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race and religion, can apply to gender identity as well.

“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,” said Craig Parshall, General Counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters.

“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.”

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Source: Christian Headlines