Article courtesy of The Resurgent, written by Erick Erickson.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a pre-emptive strike against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The Commission has issued guidelines on its views of sexual orientation and gender identity. You can see a PDF of the guide here. Of note, the Commission requires that churches allow men to use the women’s restroom if a “church service [is] open to the public.” Got that?
Here’s the whole of what the Commission says about its position:
DOES THIS LAW APPLY TO CHURCHES?
Sometimes. Iowa law provides that these protections do not apply to religious institutions with respect to any religion-based qualifications when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose. Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions. (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public).