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The Devastating Impact of Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Laws

The U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly are considering dangerous Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity laws. These laws would have devastating impacts on families, ministries, and businesses. A number of cities and states have already passed these laws, and we are witnessing the dangerous effects these laws are having. Here’s a short overview of the impact of these laws:

Safety & Privacy of Women

The Downtown Hope Shelter in Anchorage, Alaska provides shelter for abused women. In 2018, an inebriated man arrived at the shelter, claimed he “identified” as a woman, and demanded to stay at the shelter.

The City of Anchorage has a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Law and used the law to open an investigation into the Hope Shelter. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the City of Anchorage in Federal court to defend the right of the Hope Shelter to provide a safe and private space for women.

Parents’ Rights

Safety & Privacy of Women

The Downtown Hope Shelter in Anchorage, Alaska provides shelter for abused women. In 2018, an inebriated man arrived at the shelter, claimed he “identified” as a woman, and demanded to stay at the shelter.

The City of Anchorage has a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Law and used the law to open an investigation into the Hope Shelter. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the City of Anchorage in Federal court to defend the right of the Hope Shelter to provide a safe and private space for women.

Safety & Privacy of Women

The Downtown Hope Shelter in Anchorage, Alaska provides shelter for abused women. In 2018, an inebriated man arrived at the shelter, claimed he “identified” as a woman, and demanded to stay at the shelter.

The City of Anchorage has a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Law and used the law to open an investigation into the Hope Shelter. Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the City of Anchorage in Federal court to defend the right of the Hope Shelter to provide a safe and private space for women.

In 2018, a Hamilton County Judge in Ohio removed a child from her parents’ custody because the teenage girl wanted to “transition” from female to male, and her parents would not consent to highly experimental hormone drug therapy.

 The parents had taken the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for counseling and therapy, yet it was discovered that the Children’s Hospital was encouraging every child that arrived at the clinic to take high-dose hormones: testosterone for girls who wanted to become boys and estrogen for boys who wanted to become girls.

Parents’ Rights

In 2018, a Hamilton County Judge in Ohio removed a child from her parents’ custody because the teenage girl wanted to “transition” from female to male, and her parents would not consent to highly experimental hormone drug therapy.

The parents had taken the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for counseling and therapy, yet it was discovered that the Children’s Hospital was encouraging every child that arrived at the clinic to take high-dose hormones: testosterone for girls who wanted to become boys and estrogen for boys who wanted to become girls.

Parents’ Rights

In 2018, a Hamilton County Judge in Ohio removed a child from her parents’ custody because the teenage girl wanted to “transition” from female to male, and her parents would not consent to highly experimental hormone drug therapy.

The parents had taken the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for counseling and therapy, yet it was discovered that the Children’s Hospital was encouraging every child that arrived at the clinic to take high-dose hormones: testosterone for girls who wanted to become boys and estrogen for boys who wanted to become girls.

Student Athletics & Privacy of Girls in Public Schools

In 2018, two biological male students won the girl’s 100-meter dash outdoor state championship in Connecticut. Under the state’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law, because these biological boys claimed to identify as girls, they were not only allowed to compete against girls, they also were allowed to use the girls’ bathroom, locker room, and showers.

Student Athletics & Privacy of Girls in Public Schools

In 2018, two biological male students won the girl’s 100-meter dash outdoor state championship in Connecticut. Under the state’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law, because these biological boys claimed to identify as girls, they were not only allowed to compete against girls, they also were allowed to use the girls’ bathroom, locker room, and showers.

Student Athletics & Privacy of Girls in Public Schools

In 2018, two biological male students won the girl’s 100-meter dash outdoor state championship in Connecticut. Under the state’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law, because these biological boys claimed to identify as girls, they were not only allowed to compete against girls, they also were allowed to use the girls’ bathroom, locker room, and showers.

Christian School & Ministry Employees

The Lyceum is a Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio. Like most Catholic and Christian ministries, the Lyceum has a statement of faith that employees must sign in order to work at the school. The Statement says employees believe and follow the Catholic Church’s religious beliefs, including the Church’s teaching on sexuality – that marriage and sex is only between a man and a woman.

The City of South Euclid passed a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law that threatened the Lyceum administration with up to 60 days of jail time for operating their school in line with their Christian beliefs. Between lacking a religious exemption and the vague language, it was impossible for the Lyceum’s administrators to know whether the school’s policies were in violation of the law.

The school made multiple attempts to obtain clarification, but the city twice illegally refused to answer the school’s public records request. And when the school directly asked the city whether its ordinance applies to the Lyceum, the city refused to say. The Lyceum had no choice but to sue the City of South Euclid. Only after facing a preliminary injunction from a federal judge did the City finally respond that the school would not be affected by the new law.

Christians Working in the Public Sector

Christian School & Ministry Employees

The Lyceum is a Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio. Like most Catholic and Christian ministries, the Lyceum has a statement of faith that employees must sign in order to work at the school. The Statement says employees believe and follow the Catholic Church’s religious beliefs, including the Church’s teaching on sexuality – that marriage and sex is only between a man and a woman.

The City of South Euclid passed a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law that threatened the Lyceum administration with up to 60 days of jail time for operating their school in line with their Christian beliefs. Between lacking a religious exemption and the vague language, it was impossible for the Lyceum’s administrators to know whether the school’s policies were in violation of the law.

The school made multiple attempts to obtain clarification, but the city twice illegally refused to answer the school’s public records request. And when the school directly asked the city whether its ordinance applies to the Lyceum, the city refused to say. The Lyceum had no choice but to sue the City of South Euclid. Only after facing a preliminary injunction from a federal judge did the City finally respond that the school would not be affected by the new law.

Christian School & Ministry Employees

The Lyceum is a Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio. Like most Catholic and Christian ministries, the Lyceum has a statement of faith that employees must sign in order to work at the school. The Statement says employees believe and follow the Catholic Church’s religious beliefs, including the Church’s teaching on sexuality – that marriage and sex is only between a man and a woman. 

The City of South Euclid passed a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law that threatened the Lyceum administration with up to 60 days of jail time for operating their school in line with their Christian beliefs. Between lacking a religious exemption and the vague language, it was impossible for the Lyceum’s administrators to know whether the school’s policies were in violation of the law.

The school made multiple attempts to obtain clarification, but the city twice illegally refused to answer the school’s public records request. And when the school directly asked the city whether its ordinance applies to the Lyceum, the city refused to say. The Lyceum had no choice but to sue the City of South Euclid. Only after facing a preliminary injunction from a federal judge did the City finally respond that the school would not be affected by the new law.

As Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran was one of the most respected firefighters in the nation. Before coming home to work in Atlanta, Kelvin was chosen by Barack Obama to be the nation’s Fire Administrator.

Kelvin was also active in his church. On his own time, he wrote a Bible study that discussed a Christian worldview, including a Christian perspective on sex and marriage. When the City of Atlanta discovered the Bible study, they launched an investigation into Chief Cochran under the City’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law.  Even though the investigation found that Chief Cochran had never discriminated against any employee – including LGBT employees – the City still fired Chief Cochran. After years of litigation, the City eventually had to pay Chief Cochran a $1.2 million settlement.

Christians Working in the Public Sector

As Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran was one of the most respected firefighters in the nation. Before coming home to work in Atlanta, Kelvin was chosen by Barack Obama to be the nation’s Fire Administrator.

Kelvin was also active in his church. On his own time, he wrote a Bible study that discussed a Christian worldview, including a Christian perspective on sex and marriage. When the City of Atlanta discovered the Bible study, they launched an investigation into Chief Cochran under the City’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law.  Even though the investigation found that Chief Cochran had never discriminated against any employee – including LGBT employees – the City still fired Chief Cochran. After years of litigation, the City eventually had to pay Chief Cochran a $1.2 million settlement.

Christians Working in the Public Sector

As Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran was one of the most respected firefighters in the nation. Before coming home to work in Atlanta, Kelvin was chosen by Barack Obama to be the nation’s Fire Administrator.

Kelvin was also active in his church. On his own time, he wrote a Bible study that discussed a Christian worldview, including a Christian perspective on sex and marriage. When the City of Atlanta discovered the Bible study, they launched an investigation into Chief Cochran under the City’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law.  Even though the investigation found that Chief Cochran had never discriminated against any employee – including LGBT employees – the City still fired Chief Cochran. After years of litigation, the City eventually had to pay Chief Cochran a $1.2 million settlement.

Our elected officials are under intense pressure from powerful special interest groups to pass these dangerous laws – even though the harmful effects are obvious.

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