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  1. Equality Act | Christian Legal Society. On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-206 to pass the Equality Act, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting in favor of the bill. The Equality Act, filed as H.R. 5, seeks to expand the definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” thereby revising every title of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add these categories as newly-protected classes in the federal code.

  2. Apr 09, 2021 · Equality Act: Combating Christians and coercing churches. By Robert G. Marshall ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 09, 2021. The so-called Equality Act, HR 5, pushed by President Biden and Speaker ...

  3. Feb 18, 2021 · Shown Here: Passed House (02/25/2021) Equality Act. This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.

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    Before addressing the status and potential impact of the Equality Act presently being considered by Congress, it’s important to note that 2020 saw a few new and generally positive developments in the area of religious freedom. The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious institutions in several cases. For example, in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Supreme Court reinforced the broad application of the ministerial exception that permits religious institutions to make employee hiring and firing decisions based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. Here are links to resources from Brotherhood Mutual that analyze recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions: 1. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Employers 2. Supreme Court Rules Against Size Restrictions for Church Gatherings 3. Public Financial Support for Private Schools Upheld by Supreme Court A new federal initiative making its way through the legislative process may, however, challenge certain...

    The Equality Act is a comprehensive federal bill that has been introduced in prior sessions of Congress, and was reintroduced on February 18, 2021 as H.R. 5. Although this bill is not yet law, President Biden has made passing the Act a top priority. As of March 2021, the Equality Act had been approved by the House of Representatives but had not yet been approved by the U.S. Senate. If enacted, the Equality Act would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes within several federal anti-discrimination laws. This approach would expand on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County in 2020. In Bostock, the Supreme Court held that employment discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case presented questions regarding the ability of religious institutions to operate in accordance with their sincerely held beliefs. Because the Equality Act would amend seve...

    Depending on the sincerely-held beliefs of faith-based institutions, the Equality Act could create various challenges, pitting the anti-discrimination purpose of the Equality Act against federal First Amendment protections related to the free exercise of religion. If enacted, there is likely to be litigation regarding provisions in the Equality Act that could unconstitutionally restrict the free exercise of religion as protected by the First Amendment. For example, some religious organizations are concerned about the Equality Act’s impact on the issues such as: 1. The sanctity of life. 2. Redefining traditional gender roles involving activities such as college and university athletic programs. 3. Providing benefits and services to the community through homeless shelters, food banks, and adoption agencies, for example. 4. Religious health care providers with conscientious objections to performing certain types of medical procedures. With the Act’s expansion of the definition of what...

    To prepare for potential future challenges to religious freedom, it is important for religious institutions to document their sincerely held religious beliefs in writing to be able to reference them if challenged. Below are some suggestions designed to accomplish this goal: 1. Include a purpose statement in governing documents (i.e. bylaws and/or constitution) that outlines the organization’s foundational beliefs. 1. Incorporate specific belief statements into governing and organizational documents. 1. Include specific references to Scripture in support of sincerely held religious beliefs. Although these steps may not offer an absolute protection from liability, they can go a long way toward helping religious organizations strengthen their legal position in this area. Brotherhood Mutual has developed a resource page for Religious Freedom Protectionthat may be helpful to your organization.

    In light of changing religious, legal, and cultural trends, Christian organizations are encouraged to add religious freedom protection coverage to their property/liability insurance policy. Brotherhood Mutual offers broad Religious Freedom Protection Coverage that provides innovative protection to religious institutions in relation to their belief-based decisions and communication. This includes coverage for emotional injury claims that result from alleged discrimination, religious communication, or religious activities. The endorsement also offers funds to help respond to targeted actions by government agencies, as well as tax-exemption challenges. In addition, for colleges and universities, Brotherhood Mutual offers a Religious Freedom Protection Coverage Educational Institution Extension that protects faith-based educational institutions from threats related to: 1. Acts that would be considered discrimination under Title IX or any other applicable federal, state or local statute,...

  5. Feb 18, 2021 · H. R. 5. To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. March 1, 2021. Received. March 2 ( legislative day, March 1), 2021. Read the first time. March 2, 2021. Read the second time and placed on the calendar.

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  6. Investing in ADF Church Alliance membership also enables Alliance Defending Freedom the resources to provide legal help and representation to other churches whose freedom is challenged. If the Equality Act is passed, we will need all the help we can get to provide a robust defense of your religious liberty and the religious liberty of ...

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