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What Separation of Powers? The Supreme Court Just Redefined ‘Sex’ in the Civil Rights Act.

The owner of Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan implemented a sex-specific dress code for employees. Majority owner Thomas Rost, a Christian, doesn’t want grieving families to focus on employees. Families are there to grieve in peace and say goodbye to their loved ones.

But the funeral director informed Rost he wanted to start presenting as a woman at work, despite the dress code he agreed to when hired. Rost told him no, and the to parted ways. The man filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which in turn filed a discrimination lawsuit against the funeral home.

At issue was whether “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 included sexual orientation and “gender identity.”

The “conservative” Supreme Court just ruled 6-3 that it does. Christian business owners, including funeral homes and daycare centers, etc., now have to allow male employees to dress like women. From Harris Funeral Homes’s legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF):

“Americans must be able to rely on what the law says, and it is disappointing that a majority of the justices were unwilling to affirm that commonsense principle,” ADF Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch said. “Redefining ‘sex’ to mean ‘gender identity’ will create chaos and enormous unfairness for women and girls in athletics, women’s shelters, and many other contexts. Civil rights laws that use the word ‘sex’ were put in place to protect equal opportunities for women. Allowing a court or government bureaucrats to redefine a term with such a clear and important meaning undermines those very opportunities—the ones the law was designed to protect.”

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4 comments

  1. This column is misleading. The ruling “gives teeth” to Civil Rights Act in prohibiting discrimination in employment, education, housing and “public accommodation” for persons within the LGBT community.

  2. Gloria M Pringle

    What has America become or better what is America becoming? When our Supreme Court Justices feel that they are justified to add and change the Civil Rights Act to include LGBT people who have nothing in common with Black People who were enslaved simply because they were Black and have been abused by this society every since this Law was passed. America please pray for our Supreme Court Justices!

    • The Black gay couple who have been denied housing. What recourse of grievance would you suggest for them?