Protecting Midwest Churches from LGBT Discrimination Lawsuits

Adam Murray
Written on October 11, 2016

The 2015 Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage throughout the US. This decision has many celebrating. However, for some nonprofits and churches it means an increased exposure for LGBT discrimination lawsuits.

Every human being has value. This value deserves protection regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual-orientation. But the deeply held religious convictions of one person conflict with the beliefs of another. For many churches and nonprofits this conflict is escalated by the threat of discrimination lawsuits.

Lawsuits may be against businesses, churches, and nonprofits. Regardless of whether the discrimination is real or perceived lawsuits are costly. Thankfully, there are ways to be protected.

Policies and Protections

The front-line of defense for many churches and nonprofits are their governing policies. Since many of these policies go unchanged and unread, they may need updating.

An example is facility use agreements. Consider limiting the usage of facilities to members of the congregation. This prevents outside groups from claiming discrimination due to selective usage of facilities.

Insurance Coverage

Capitol Insurance & Risk Management Group has recognized the need for churches to have insurance protection lawsuits which could stem from this conflict of convictions. In order to protect your church and congregation, we offer Discrimination Acts Coverage to cover lawsuits against the church for discrimination.

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.