I’m extremely disappointed to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court today took it upon itself to brazenly rewrite a federal employment statute to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected classes contained in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
When that landmark civil rights statute was enacted by duly elected representatives of the people, Congress never imagined or intended that “sex” meant anything other than biological males and females.
Yet in this opinion six justices have done what Congress never intended to do and has explicitly rejected many times over the years since 1964. It has equated the term “sex” with homosexuality and gender identity.
Legislation is supposed to be the province of Congress, not the courts. I agree with Justice Samuel Alito’s strong observation at the beginning of his dissenting opinion in today’s case:
“There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation.”
Our concern now is for how future courts and public officials will apply this decision against people of deep faith who own businesses, run religious educational institutions and continue to adhere to the biblical definitions of marriage and family. I fear this increasingly legislative-oriented majority has sown the wind and now innocent people of good will and faith will reap the whirlwind.
Today’s action by the Court is discouraging, but we are committed to continuing to pray for this country and its citizens to enjoy the religious freedom granted to us by our Creator and guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Jim Daly with Paul Batura
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