Final Judgment: Religious Freedom Restoration Act Protects Christian Employers Who Oppose ‘Transgender’ Mandate

Following up on a lawsuit filed by America First Legal on behalf of Christian-owned Braidwood Management Inc. and Bear Creek Bible Church against the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) after the commission issued “guidance documents” on interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and “gender identity,” AFL announced a final judgment in the case.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in June that the plaintiffs had pre-enforcement standing to bring the lawsuit, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) prevents the EEOC from enforcing the mandate against Christian employers.

A federal court issued a final judgment (PDF). The court ruled that RFRA protects Braidwood’s right to decline to hire people who engage in homosexual behavior or pretend to be the opposite sex. The court also ruled that Braidwood has a right to refuse to recognize same-sex “marriage” or to allow men to use women’s restrooms, and vice versa.

“We are proud to continue to fight the lawless edicts of the Biden administration, especially those that reject biological reality and curtail religious freedom,” said AFL Vice President and General Counsel Gene Hamilton. “This is a major victory for our clients and we will continue to work tirelessly to defend their rights to be free from this Administration’s unlawful edicts.”

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