Lawsuit: Iowa trying to censor church’s teaching on sexuality, force transgender bathroom access

Lawsuit: Iowa trying to censor church’s teaching on sexuality, force transgender bathroom access

A Christian church in Iowa is suing the state’s civil rights commission, claiming the state is trying to censor the church’s teachings on sexuality and force the church to allow men who identify as women to use the women’s restrooms.

At issue is the commission’s interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of their self-identified sexual orientation or gender identity. The church is also challenging an almost identical provision in the Des Moines City Code.

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the complaint, which states, in part, “The Commission’s interpretation grossly misunderstands the religious purposes and beliefs of Plaintiff Fort Des Moines Church of Christ.”

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