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Stewart Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Title VII Cases

Washington, June 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status. The ruling provides expanded federal protections to LGBT workers but leaves unanswered questions about protections for religious Americans. 

In December 2019, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) introduced the Fairness for All Act which harmonizes religious freedom and LGBT rights by amending the Civil Rights Act, protecting religious freedom in the workplace, protecting the rights of LGBT individuals, and preserving 1st amendment rights. [Read the full press release here.]

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Rep. Stewart issued the following statement: 

This court decision only highlights the importance of my Fairness For All Act. Religious freedom is protected by the First Amendment, but isn’t addressed in this case. LGBT Americans are now protected under Title VII, but not elsewhere. My bill tackles those tough issues and provides answers for all Americans.”  – Rep. Chris Stewart  

More about Rep. Stewart’s Fairness for All Act:

FFA is the largest expansion of religious freedom and LGBT civil rights under federal law in a generation. It continues what began in Utah and builds upon existing protections for both religious and LGBT Americans in federal, state, and local law.  

No American should lose their home or job simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. All religious persons should be free to live, work or serve their community in ways that are consistent with their faith.

FFA preserves the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so it can continue to protect the First Amendment right of all persons to freely exercise their religion. 

FFA protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment and housing. It also prohibits LGBT discrimination in a place of public accommodation and significantly expands the definition of a public accommodation under federal law. 

This bill protects the tax-exempt status of religious organizations and religious colleges and universities. It also protects the right of religious colleges and universities—like Brigham Young University, Bethel University and Catholic University—to uphold their religious standards without jeopardizing the ability of their students to get Pell Grants or of their professors to compete for federal research contracts.

FFA protects the owners of small businesses whose religious and moral principles prevent them from participating in activities that are contrary to their conscience and beliefs.

It protects LGBT Americans from discrimination in jury selection, credit and federally assisted programs. 

Lastly, this legislation protects religious adoption and foster care agencies so they can continue to serve vulnerable children and willing couples, while at the same time ensuring the ability of LGBT persons to adopt and foster children too.  Putting the interests of needy children first, the FFA Act expands adoption and foster care by including all qualified potential parents.

Coalition support: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Unity Fund, Center for Public Justice, 1st Amendment Partnership, The Seventh-day Adventist Church, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and others.

Cosponsors: Fred Upton (MI-06), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rob Bishop (UT-01), John Curtis (UT-03), Mark Amodei (NV-02), David Joyce (OH-14), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Mike Simpson (ID-02).

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