In a month where multiple U.S. Supreme Court decisions are expected, the Court has assaulted ‘the separation of powers’ provision of the U.S. Constitution with its redefinition of ‘sex’ to include just about anything in its decision on Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC. The decision, a textbook illustration of an activist Court, bypassed Congress in order to add “sexual-orientation” and “gender-identity” to the definition of biological “sex” which is protected as a non-discrimination class in federal employment law.
This case will have lasting implications on state and federal laws across the nation. LFF will keep you up-to-date as threats to church, ministry, school, business, and freedom become clear.
SCOTUS Prepares Decisions on Several Other Landmark Cases
June Medical Services LLC v. Russo
This case originated in Louisiana and focuses on our bipartisan law that requires abortionists at abortion facilities to have admitting privileges at local hospitals as a condition of operation licensure. We continue to believe that this law, which you helped to carry through to passage, has the best interests of health in mind for both women and babies, and the Court would be on solid ground by allowing it to stand and be enforced.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru & St. James School v. Biel
These religious liberty cases are very similar and focus on whether or not religious schools retain the right to hire and fire employees according to their stated faith convictions. The case largely surrounds the question of whether or not the government has a say in personnel decisions of religious institutions. A bad ruling in this case could cause major issues for churches and religious schools in our state.
Little Sisters of the Poor and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania
Little Sisters of the Poor are still fighting with the government over whether or not they, as an employer who retain religious beliefs about the morality of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs, should be required, through their insurance provider, to cover the cost of contraceptives for their employees. This case continues to matter because it will likely set the precedent for whether or not business owners and religious institutions can continue to operate under their own personal beliefs.
Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue
This case focuses around the constitutionality of state-specific Blaine Amendments, discriminatory provisions that prevent public education funds from being sent to private, religious schools and institutions for the purpose of education. While Louisiana does not have a discriminatory Blaine Amendment, many states do.
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