Catholic parish sues Michigan over LGBT civil rights law | U.S. News

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A Catholic parish and a group of families have filed a lawsuit against Michigan over concerns that a state-level civil rights law will be used to force the parish’s school to violate its religious views on marriage and biological sex.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Grand Rapids, along with three pairs of parents who have children enrolled at its school, filed the complaint on Thursday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division.

At issue is the state government’s implementation of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which involves interpreting the law’s ban on sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and a person’s chosen gender identity.

“To comply with Michigan’s re-understood laws, Sacred Heart Parish and its school, Sacred Heart Academy, would be forced to hire faculty and staff who lead lives in direct opposition to the Catholic faith, speak messages that violate Church doctrine, and refrain from articulating Catholic beliefs in teaching its students and when advertising the school to prospective students or job applicants,” read the complaint.

Catholic parish sues Michigan over LGBT civil rights law | U.S. News

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