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Christian business group sues over gender affirming care requirement

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A Christian business organization is suing the Biden administration over a Health and Human Services requirement that employer health plans include gender affirming care.

The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in the suit filed in federal court in North Dakota. ADF has long defended anti-LGBTQ businesses in court, with one of their most high profile cases being Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop.

The groups claim the requirement violates their religious beliefs. ADF also filed a motion to block enforcement of the rule. The cases is Christian Employers Alliance v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the CEA, the EEOC is misinterpreting Title VII’s definition. The group said that HHS is “reinterpreting” sex to include gender identity. HHS has stated that the change came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, The court ruled that discrimination against homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people is inherently sex discrimination, and therefore illegal.

You can read the filing here.

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