It was in July 2023 that the Michigan Supreme Court decided to add additional protections to prevent discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Sufficient amendments have been made to the Larsen Civil Rights Act.
All Employers and companies are strictly prohibited from discriminating against any employee for this reason. To ensure compliance with these laws, safeguards have also been added. Penalties will be imposed on all persons who violate the mandate of the law.
However, the same law has become a source of contention between the Catholic Church of San José and the government. The first defends that the law seeks to punish the Church simply because it follows its religious belief and not the rule of law. The Church is responsible for feeding 900 families and also provides educational facilities.
May not provide education to persons belonging to the LGBTQ community. That is why they are left in a much more vulnerable scenario since any state action can be taken against them. The government’s policy is not in line with the belief the organization has followed for a period of 2,000 years and more.
Which is the reason?
The Catholic School of Education only supports and defends its own principles. You cannot endorse the teachings of any other country or any other religion. It has its own code of conduct for students and teachers. It is a conservative Law School that is not very open to the idea of ’sex’, which is now being contemplated by the government.
Catholic teachings are the foundation of education and cannot be substituted for the new age definition of fairness and equality. The school and the Institution of the Church work on traditional practices. This has been the organizational truth that cannot be changed at any cost.
What is fear?
It is not easy for the Church and the school that is governed by Catholic principles to provide employment and educational opportunities to homozygous people. That is why they fear that the school will face legal consequences just because equal opportunities in employment and education are not provided to all people, regardless of their gender and sex.
If this happens, they would be losing all the public funding that the government sponsors for the organization of programs associated with the Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency.
Additionally, this particular Church will not be open for accommodation to all people indiscriminately. Different Church facilities are also at stake, such as the gym and soccer fields. In the capacity of being a public establishment, the institution must be open to all.
Still, as per their policies, you cannot afford such facilities. The situation is made worse for these reasons, since the government has every right to take action against the institution for violating civil rights laws.
The government has not taken any action against the institution for the moment. None have made any official statement from the officers in this regard. Both groups are expected to enter into negotiations to reach a friendly solution.
This will be one of the most critical and essential aspects of the entire mechanism. The case has been filed in the court of law for further proceedings.
Only after a proper hearing would the judge be in a position to pass sentence. A balanced approach that takes into account legality and traditional aspects is important for peace to prevail.