Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Local news

Alabama Center for Law and Liberty opposes Montgomery ordinance

The proposed ordinance would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes under the law.

Montgomery, Alabama skyline.

The conservative Alabama Center for Law and Liberty on Monday sent a letter on behalf of itself and six allied organizations urging that the Montgomery City Council to reject a proposed ordinance that they say would require Christians to violate their religious beliefs or face fines under certain circumstances.

The proposed ordinance would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes under the law. The ACLL claims that across the country, ordinances like these have caused problems for Christians and other people who have religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle and transgenderism

The ACLL said for example, in Colorado, a Christian cake shop owner named Jack Phillips has been immersed in nine years of litigation because he would not bake a cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding or a person’s gender transition.

ACLL and its allied organizations are concerned that similar cases would arise in Montgomery.

Matthew Clark is ACLL’s executive director.

“As we read the ordinance, churches could be fined if they refuse to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, and they might be fined if they refused to let same-sex couples use their facilities for weddings,” Clark said. “They could also be fined if they declined to hire non-ministerial personnel, such as facility managers or secretaries, whose sexual orientation or gender identity contradicts the tenants of the church’s faith.”

Clark said that the problems would not stop there.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Christian schools, small business owners, and homeowners are also in the crosshairs. Schools could face liability if they decline to let transgender students use the locker rooms of their choice,” Clark said. “Small business owners like Jack Phillips could face liability. And homeowners who list their homes on Airbnb could be fined if they declined to let a same-sex couple engage in sexual activities in their home that violate the tenants of their faith.”

ACLL warned the City Council that if this passes, litigation could result and the City would likely lose.

The ACLL was joined in the letter by representatives from Liberty Counsel, the Alabama Policy Institute, the Foundation for Moral Law, the Southeast Law Institute, Eagle Forum of Alabama and the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.

The ACLL is a conservative nonprofit legal organization based in Birmingham and it is the litigation arm of the Alabama Policy Institute.

Written By

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,794 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

DIG DEEPER

Elections

He is challenging Republican incumbent Will Dismukes in the Republican Party primary.

Legislature

API opposed medical marijuana and gaming and supported efforts to limit the governor's powers, so senators with different views received low scores.

Courts

A Virginia school asked the court to allow it to stop a transgender boy from using the boys’ bathroom.

News

Anderson supports Medicare for All, canceling student loan debt, expanding public education and a host of many progressive policies.