Thu Oct 21, 2021 – 5:30 pm EDT
(LifeSiteNews)– The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) fileda lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday on behalf of the Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) that alleges two mandates put in location by the administration force spiritual employers to fund “gender shift surgeries, procedures, and treatments.”
The ADF submitted a movement the following day requesting that enforcement of the mandates stop.
The claim holds that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOP) is “misinterpreting and poorly implementing discrimination based upon sex in Title VII” of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The suit goes on to challenge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Providers’ (HHS) “reinterpretation of ‘sex’ in federal law,” which would legally bind religious health care suppliers to offer care that would contradict the employers’ “deeply held beliefs,” according to a declaration.
CEA president Shannon Royce statedthat “employers and business owners, like many Americans, are growing increasingly concerned by rising expenses that can be blamed in part on oppressive federal government requireds.” Royce went on to add that the requireds “greatly exacerbate this issue by threatening religious companies with punishing fines, burdensome litigation costs, the loss of federal funds, and even criminal charges.”
ADF senior counsel Matt Bowman commentedthat President Joe Biden has “far overreached his constitutional authority, to the hinderance of people of faith across the country.” He went on to state that the federal government “can not require Christian companies to spend for, or physically carry out, damaging medical procedures that contradict their religions.” He also stated the constitution would secure companies and health care suppliers to “operate in a way compatible with their deeply held convictions and faith.”
The ADF suedthe HHS in August in a similar suit, representing 3,000 healthcare experts from the American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association, and an OB-GYN that focuses on adolescent care.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra saidin May that the Supreme Court had currently ruled on the matter, stating “the Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and get equivalent treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual preference.” The Supreme Court ruledlast year that sex defenses in the work environment likewise include transgender people in Bostock vs. Clayton County.
LifeSiteNews reached out to ADF to ask if the result of one of the cases would impact the other. According to Bowman, “the cases raise extremely similar issues and we are confident that the judges will concern comparable rulings safeguarding religious liberty and declaring the Biden administration’s actions illegal.”
Asked if Bostock vs. Clayton Countywould adversely affect the lawsuits, Bowman said the Biden administration “is unlawfully using the Bostock choice as a reason to rewrite all civil liberties laws in all contexts.” He went on to state that Bostock “had absolutely nothing to do with the court’s judgment, and even in violation of spiritual liberty, which Bostock stated supersedes its narrow holding.”
The Biden administration is currently facing a claimsubmitted by 20 states to block the very same mandates.
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