Thursday, December 04, 2014

D.C. Repeals Sexual Orientation Discrimination Exemption For Private Religious Schools

On Dec. 2, the District of Columbia City Council passed (vote history) B20-803 (full text) which repeals the religious educational institution exemption to certain provisions of the D.C. Human Rights Act.  The new law repeals D.C. Code Sec.2-1402.41(3) which read:
(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of the laws of the District of Columbia, it shall not be an unlawful discriminatory practice in the District of Columbia for any educational institution that is affiliated with a religious organization or closely associated with the tenets of a religious organization to deny, restrict, abridge, or condition -
(A) The use of any fund, service, facility, or benefit; or
(B) The granting of any endorsement, approval, or recognition, to any person or persons that are organized for, or engaged in, promoting, encouraging, or condoning any homosexual act, lifestyle, orientation, or belief.
Conservative Christian organizations opposed the bill, as reflected by this letter from Liberty Counsel.