Austin City Council Says ‘Values’ Require Forcing Churches to Hire LGBT Employees

Churches have no right to insist on employees that accept and practice their faith’s teachings on homosexuality, according to Austin officials defending an “anti-discrimination” ordinance.  In a federal lawsuit, the Houston-based U.S. Pastor Council argues that the lack of clear exemptions threatens to force 25 churches it is representing to accept homosexual or gender-confused individuals even as clergy.  The group Texas Values also challenged the ordinance under state law, arguing for the rights of “nonprofits or closely held corporations who would be compelled” to “act in a manner contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.”  Read more: