Washington D.C., May 20, 2021 / 10:17 am America/Denver (CNA).
Attorneys representing a Missouri Christian college asked a federal court Wednesday to halt a Biden administration directive the school says would force it to violate its religious beliefs.
The College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal arts college in Point Lookout, Missouri, sued the Biden administration in April over a rule change that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing.
In February, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a memo interpreting federal prohibitions of sex discrimination in housing to also protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
The new rule is an interpretation of President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 executive order; Biden had stated in his order, “It is the policy of my Administration to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
In its lawsuit, the college claimed that the administration would require biological males identifying as transgender females to not be denied access to female dorms or bathrooms. Such a requirement under the Fair Housing Act would violate the school’s faith-based standards prohibiting males and females from living together in the same dormitories, the college claimed.