City officials in De Pere, Wisconsin, adopted a “non-discrimination” ordinance that demanded protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) for housing, employment, advertising, and public accommodations with no exemption for religious organizations and designated churches as “places of public accommodation.” By doing this, city officials were trying to force places of worship to bow to the LGBT agenda.
Fortunately, five churches and a radio broadcaster in the area responded with a lawsuit, and Brown County Judge William Atkinson sided with the churches by exempting religious institutions.
“This court victory came just in time for these churches who have treaded cautiously under the burden of this government orthodoxy,” said attorney Kevin Snider of Pacific Justice Institute that represented the plaintiffs. “Our clients and the many other religious institutions in De Pere can fulfill their religious functions and ministries this Christmas season, without fear of being brought before a tribunal due to their hiring choices or refusal to host same-sex marriages on church property.”
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