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Supreme Court Gives Religious Institutions License to Discriminate Against Employees

July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its rulings on Our Lady of Guadalupe School V. Morrissey-Berru questioning whether teachers and teaching staff at religious schools have federal employment protections and Little Sisters of the Poor Sts. Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (consolidated with Trump v. Pennsylvania), about whether the expansion of the conscience exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate violates both the ACA and the laws governing federal administrative agencies. 

Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, released the following statement. 

“Today, the Supreme Court granted wide berth to religious organizations to freely discriminate against employees without fear of violating the law. PFLAG members are deeply concerned about the repercussions of these rulings, which harm all people, including LGBTQ+ employees, by stripping away the basic, common-sense protections that ensure people will be judged on their merits, not discriminated against for who they are. 

“Under today’s rulings, employees of religious institutions who have any kind of ministerial role are not protected by federal employment law, and government agencies and contractors can discriminate in the name of religious freedom to fire or to prevent employees from accessing health care guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. Hundreds of thousands of teachers, musicians, artists, and staff at religious schools and institutions today lost their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection under the law. All discrimination is wrong, as the Supreme Court’s recent Title VII ruling demonstrates, and PFLAG will continue to fight to end discrimination in all its forms.”

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.



PFLAG is an organization of LGBTQ+ people, parents, families, and allies who work together to create an equitable and inclusive world. We are hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of chapters from coast to coast who are leading with love to support families, educate allies, and advocate for just, equitable, and inclusive legislation and policies. Since our founding in 1973, PFLAG works every day to ensure LGBTQ+ people everywhere are safe, celebrated, empowered and loved. Learn more, find support, donate, and take action at PFLAG.org.

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