Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Organizations Now Demanding Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order
Well, surprise, surprise. Not. Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby — which gives business owners with “religious objections” the right to deny coverage of contraception in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act — a group of religious leaders are now demanding that they be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people when hiring on that same basis. Fourteen religious representatives sent President Obama a letter, asking that they be exempt from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.
An excerpt of the letter reads:
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this islsue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
The Hobby Lobby decision was distressing not just because it allows Bible thumpers to deny women the right to full reproductive health care, but because it sets a terrible precedent. My initial fear was, What else would Bible thumpers like to be exempt from on the basis of some “religious objection”? Didn’t take them long to figure it out. [Talking Points Memo]