The Mormon Church has joined six other religious groups in formally opposing a federal directive that allows transgender students to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is filing an amicus brief in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the Supreme Court case brought about by Gavin Grimm that Laverne Cox referenced at the Grammys earlier this month.
Although the church initially tried to find common ground with the LGBT community by not taking a stance on the U.S. Department of Education’s directive extending Title IX protections to trans students, it is now arguing that protecting the minority group is a threat to religious liberty.
The group fighting the directive, which also contains organizations within the Jewish and Christian communities, declared that “interpreting ’sex’ to mean gender identity would generate conflicts with religious persons and institutions across a range of fronts.”
LDS leaders, who also chose to not take a stance on the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow trans kids to participate in the organization, are insisting that they only joined the fight to argue that policies regarding transgender issues should be decided by Congress and individual states.
“The brief concludes by arguing that, instead of imposing an outcome Congress did not intend, the Supreme Court should allow Congress and state legislatures to reach compromises where transgender persons can be appropriately accommodated without infringing on the free exercise of religion, while seeking fairness for all,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins told the Salt Lake City Tribune. “Sustainable results will be more likely achieved if citizens and lawmakers are left free to address gender identity in ways that preserve the nation’s priceless heritage of religious freedom.”