Protecting Midwest Churches from LGBT Discrimination Lawsuits

Adam Murray
Written on October 11, 2016

With the recent Supreme Court ruling in 2015, legalizing the marriage of same-sex individuals in the United States, churches everywhere have increased exposure for discrimination lawsuits.

While many churches have titled themselves “open” or “affirming” churches, allowing same-sex marriages, many churches hold strong to their convictions that marriage was instituted by God, and is between a man and a woman. It is more important than ever that churches take the proper steps to protect themselves and their congregations from a litigious society.

Capitol Insurance & Risk Management Group has recognized the need that churches have for insurance protection from lawsuits that could stem from a church taking a stand. We offer Discrimination Acts Coverage to cover lawsuits brought against the church for real or perceived discrimination in regards to same-sex marriage, gender identity issues, and the like.

In addition, churches may consider re-writing their bylaws, facility use agreements, and employee handbooks, as a form of risk management. Many churches have established facility use agreements that state that they only allow members of their congregation to be married in their church. This is another barrier that protects them from outside groups wanting to gain access to the facility, who would otherwise ask the church to compromise their religious conviction.

Whether it’s helping your church obtain the coverage protection it needs, or helping you implement risk management techniques, Capitol Insurance has been faithfully serving churches for over 35 years. We desire to see the gospel go forth through the local church, and we hope to partner with your church as you consider how to best protect your congregation.