Women’s Shelter Is Granted Temporary Legal Protection after Transgender Man Filed Lawsuit for Being Denied Entrance
A women’s shelter in Alaska has been granted temporary protection after the shelter denied housing to a transgender man.
According to the Christian Post, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska issued a preliminary injunction last week for the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center of Anchorage that will keep the city of Anchorage from enforcing anti-discrimination laws against the faith-based shelter.
District Court Judge Sharon Gleason said in the decision that while preventing “discrimination against protected classes is clearly an important public interest,” the city law does not apply to the homeless shelter.
“Therefore, enjoining the enforcement of those provisions against Hope Center’s homeless shelter will not significantly curtail the public interest,” she said.
She added that “the public interest would be adversely affected if (Anchorage Municipal Code) we’re enforced against Hope Center.”
Katie Anderson, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said she was pleased with the decision.
“All Americans should be free to live out their faith and serve their neighbors—especially homeless women who have suffered sexual abuse—without being targeted or harassed by the government,” Anderson said Friday.
“No woman—particularly not an abuse survivor—should be forced to sleep or disrobe next to a man. The court’s order will allow the center to continue in its duty to protect the vulnerable women it serves while this lawsuit moves forward.”
The decision came after
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