(Written By Tom Olago) Todd Starnes in an analysis for FoxNew.com recently asked the question that may soon be on the mind of many church leaders: “Is a church a place of public accommodation and, if so, are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?” Starnes says that’s the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.
They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws. It’s unclear when the Commission’s brochure was published, but it clearly outlines their interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act, known as Iowa Code Chapter 216. Apparently, some churches have already fallen afoul of the regulations. READ MORE