Federal Judge Rules That Christian Employers Do Not Have To Pay For Transgender Surgeries

Article originally appeared on www.dailywire.com.

A federal judge in North Dakota ruled on Monday that the Biden administration cannot compel Christian employers and health care providers to pay for transgender surgeries and other procedures.

Judge Daniel Traynor for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota ruled in favor of the Christian Employers Alliance, which had challenged the Biden administration’s interpretation of federal discrimination law. Traynor, a Trump nominee, said that the Christian groups were protected under religious liberty protections from being forced to provide “gender transition services.”

The judge ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Health and Human Services interpretation of discrimination law, which would mandate that every employer covers transgender surgeries. Traynor said that the Christian Employers Alliance’s “religious beliefs are substantially burdened by the monetary penalties it faces for refusing to violate …

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