Lincoln, Neb., Mar 3, 2022 / 15:00 pm
The Bishop of Lincoln recently spoke out against a city ordinance, recently blocked by a referendum petition, which added “sexual orientation and gender identity” to its list of protected classes.
“The state has a compelling interest in maintaining policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology and supporting the social institutions and norms that surround it,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln wrote in a Feb. 25 column, “The Truth will set us free.”
Conley is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ standing Committee on the Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
“For example, laws that seek to elevate sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes undermine this basic fact of our human biology,” he said. “Rather than protect against unjust discrimination, these policies enshrine a false understanding of the human person into our legal structures.”