Commonwealth Policy Center

Sunrise Children’s Services, one of Kentucky’s oldest Christian childcare agencies, has successfully defended itself from a legal attack because of its religious convictions about gender and human sexuality. The issue involved an employee who openly identified as lesbian, which was a violation of the Christian ministry’s ethical requirements for employment. After a 25 year legal battle brought by the ACLU, the US Sixth District Court of Appeals exonerated Sunrise from any wrongdoing. The Court decided that Sunrise is free to set employment guidelines according to its religious commitments. This was a big win for religious liberty and makes clear that faith-based ministries and organizations are free to do their work according to their religious convictions.