Bloomberg Law
Dec. 19, 2018, 7:04 PM

Justice Department in Legal Pretzel Over LGBT Rights

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

The Justice Department is in an awkward spot: It once again is defending a move to protect LGBT rights, despite disagreeing with it.

The DOJ is defending the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit that challenges the commission’s position on LGBT rights, even though the two agencies differ on guidance.

A DOJ lawyer told a federal court in Texas that a group of Christian pastors and a private health-care company don’t have legal standing to sue to block EEOC guidance on job bias against gay and transgender workers. But the department agrees with the church leaders and company that ...

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