Iowa: Churches ‘may’ be required to confer special privileges on transgender people

Iowa: Churches ‘may’ be required to confer special privileges on transgender people
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[Ed. – Usual caveat: there are no “transgender rights.”  There are only rights.  Anything others can be forced to do for transgender people is a special privilege being enforced for transgenders.  By its nature, any such special privilege infringes on the rights of others.  Meanwhile, see the added emphasis.]

Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so – are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?

That’s the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

It’s unclear when the Commission’s brochure was published, but it clearly outlines their interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act – known as Iowa Code Chapter 216. …

Chelsey Youman, First Liberty’s chief of staff, told me the ramifications of Iowa’s policy cannot be overstated.

“This is an unprecedented move by a government agency to mandate that anytime a church opens its doors to the public that it automatically qualifies as a place of public accommodation,” Youman said. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg.” …

[T]he most concerning part of the policy involves the public accommodation clause. The Commission states that churches that open their services to the public would have to comply with the law.

Well, that covers just about every church in the state – because that’s the point of Sunday services.

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