Evangelicals Sue For The Right To Deny Shelter To Transgender Homeless People

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Alliance Defending Freedom is suing Anchorage, AK over its nondiscrimination ordinance protecting transgender people.

The same far-right evangelical group that fought for the right of a baker to deny service to gay couples is now looking to targeting transgender people in Alaska, according to LGBTQ Nation.

Alliance Defending Freedom is suing the city of Anchorage in federal court, hoping to overturn city’s nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ people — primarily so a homeless shelter can deny help to transgender people.

ADF attorney Ryan Tucker told the court that many of the shelter’s residents are survivors of domestic violence and “they would rather sleep in the woods” in the frigid Alaskan winter than share space with a transgender woman. Temperatures in the city in the past week have hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Hope Center, a Christian nonprofit that operates the shelter for homeless women, turned away a transgender woman twice in January. While the facility had cause to turn her away (she showed up drunk once and after hours the second time), they couldn’t resist taking a jab at LGBTQ people.

The group is asking the judge to stop the city from enforcing the nondiscrimination law, arguing that, as a homeless shelter, the group should have an exemption from the law and, as a charity, it should have the religious freedom to deny access as they see fit.

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natalia44
natalia44

they don't even open their doors to any other people either s transgender is just another group they wont help. they don't help women,children, the poor, veterans,no one. so why waste money on courts when they have closed the doors on many occasions to all other groups? remember it too the muslims to open their doors to the mosque to assist those who needed shelter but the evangelicals kept their arenas closed.

RenayGraced
RenayGraced

This is the cowardist of the American GOP and the Trump Supporters in the form of German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

First they came for the Muslim people, and I did not speak out— Because I was not Muslim.

Then they came for the undocumented people, and I did not speak out— Because I was not undocumented.

Then they came for the transgendered community, and I did not speak out— Because I was not transgendered.

Then they came for the people with pre-existing conditions, and I did not speak out— Because I did not have pre-existing conditions.

Then they came for abused women . . . wait what?

OH HELL NO! We organized and we put 125 Women in Congress and as governors. We said, "NO. OH HELL NO." We will not allow anyone to stand behind the veil of a religion which they genuinely don't practice. In 2020 we will be getting rid of a lot more of those who come after us and seek to exploit people as a cheap resource to be used up and tossed aside. We the consumers and workers of the United States will not remain indentured to your money and the control you think you have. We the People have spoken!

RonBoyd
RonBoyd

What kind of excuse for Christians do these people think they are? They going to check these people's pants before letting them in the shelter now?

ScottW
ScottW

Is the word "evangelicals" journalistic jargon for sanctimonious indignant assholes?