A religious freedom lawyer has blasted so-called “federal LGBT nondiscrimination guidance” as an “outrageous overreach” of the law that could pressure Christians into acting against their conscience.
In an interview with Catholic News Agency, John Bursch of the Alliance Defending Freedom said that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) takes the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Bostock v. Clayton County case and reads into it issues that were never there.
Bursch, who argued before the court, said that the SCOTUS ruling only decided “you can’t fire someone simply for being gay or transgender.” It did not address anything pertaining to locker room, shower, and bathroom access for transgenders or the implementation of “sex-specific dress code policies.”
“But now what the EEOC does is it extends the ruling to all of those things,” he said. “It’s almost like they’re thumbing their nose at the Supreme Court and saying ‘okay, you gave us an open door, so now we’re going to run with it and do all the things that you declined to do.” Read more…