WFB: A county judge in Wisconsin ruled last month that the city of De Pere’s nondiscrimination ordinance infringed on the right of religious freedom, granting a victory to five churches and a religious broadcaster which brought a legal challenge against the statute.
In late 2017, De Pere adopted a nondiscrimination ordinance that, among other issues, addressed “gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment, advertising, and public accommodation,” according to World magazine. The new policies were to apply to all “places of public accommodation.”
Five churches and a local religious broadcaster challenged the ordinance. The plaintiffs’ complaint argued that the city’s ordinance differed from similar statutes in other states as “the De Pere ordinance does not clearly exempt religious organizations.” They contended that “the ordinance is likely to be imposed on churches and other religious organizations in a manner that would mandate government orthodoxy in core religious functions, communication, and conduct.” read more