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11th Circuit Sides with CDC Against Woman Who Refused to do Same-Sex Counseling

 

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A federal appeals court has upheld the firing of a Christian counselor who lost her job at the Centers for Disease Control for refusing to advise a woman in a homosexual relationship.

Marcia Walden launched a lawsuit in 2008 saying she was illegally laid off by a company the CDC hired to provide counseling to CDC workers. She said the CDC requested the dismissal.

Walden said the layoff violated her free exercise rights under the First Amendment and her rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But on Tuesday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a federal judge's dismissal of Walden's claims.

"We accept that Ms. Walden's sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit her from encouraging or supporting same-sex relationships though counseling," the court said. But the record in the case is "devoid of evidence" supporting her claim that she was removed because she needed to refer potential clients engaged in same-sex relationships to other counselors.

In response, the Alliance Defense Fund has released a statement that reads: "A counselor who is a Christian shouldn't lose her job for upholding the highest professional standards. It is unlawful to punish a Christian for abiding by her faith, particularly when she made every effort to accommodate the interests of a potential client. We are disappointed that the court ruled against these fundamental principles, but we are determining next steps to ultimately vindicate Marcia and the freedoms for which she's fighting."

3 Comments

  1. Davide
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Baby steps (giant leaps) at the dawn of the final persecution of Christians....

  2. Louis E.
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I hope that her dismissal was in fact (as claimed by the CDC,apparently) NOT related to her principled stand.

    I am not religious,but those in homosexual relationships need clear and constant advice to get out of those relationships and are actively harmed by any inclination to validate their persistence in those relationships.

  3. Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Baby steps (giant leaps) at the dawn of the final persecution of Christians....

    The Court simply ruled there was no evidence that she was laid off due to this.

    This is unlike the Ward v. Polite case, where the Sixth Circuit held that the evidence suggests that the plaintiff may have been expelled for her religious beliefs, and remanded to the district court for trial.