Religious group challenges Austin, Texas LGBT anti-bias law

by Reuters
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:47 GMT

Jeff Moseley, chief executive of the Texas Association of Business, speaks at a rally of business leaders rally in front of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz

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The U.S. Pastor Council said Austin's law violates churches’ constitutional rights to free exercise of their religion

A group that represents churches across the county has filed a lawsuit claiming an Austin, Texas law banning discrimination against gay and transgender workers is unconstitutional because it does not exempt churches and employers with religious objections.

The Houston-based U.S. Pastor Council filed the lawsuit in federal court in Austin on Saturday, saying the city’s law violates churches’ constitutional rights to free exercise of their religion, and a state law barring the government from burdening religious practice.

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