Catholic journalist: Flood of lawsuits likely after SCOTUS decision

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with LGBT bannerConcerns continue to be raised over the Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the legal case in which two-thirds of the justices decided to redefine the term "sex" as used in a historic civil rights bill.

Citing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, justices said employers cannot fire someone for being LGBT. Critics maintain the Court overstepped its bounds, adding Title VII does not mention the terms "sexual orientation" or "gender identity," rather only the word "sex."

Dr. Matthew Bunson, executive editor and Washington bureau chief for EWTN News, has concerns about what this means for the future.

"This decision could potentially open the floodgates for certain legal claims based on an interpretation of Title VII that could influence, for example, bathrooms and locker rooms, women's sports, campus housing – and of course employment by religious organizations, Catholic hospitals for example, Catholic charities," says Bunson.

"We're going to have to see if there is a flurry of lawsuits relating to church teaching as lived in the workplace."

Meanwhile, Bunson warns there could be severe cultural ramifications flowing from this Supreme Court decision.

"For example, anyone who says that biblical Christianity or anyone who quotes from the catechism of the Catholic Church – which is something we actually already see happening in Europe and elsewhere – could be demonized, could be called a racist, a bigot, somebody who engages in transphobia or homophobia as they call it," he suggests.

Last November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Supreme Court not to extend Title VII protections to sexual orientation and gender identity, adding that doing so would "redefine a fundamental element of humanity."

"Words matter," the statement from leading U.S. bishops said. "'Sex' should not be redefined to include sexual inclinations or conduct, nor to promulgate the view that sexual identity is solely a social construct rather than a natural or biological fact."

Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joined liberal justices in the 6-3 ruling. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.

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