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Tom Rost Is Standing up For Freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court. Will You Join Him?

By Maureen Collins posted on:
September 30, 2019

Imagine what would happen if government agencies and courts could change the law.

No one would be able to rely on what the law says. Instead, people would live with uncertainty, never knowing if they were on shaky legal ground.

Unfortunately, we don’t have to imagine this. It’s already happening.

Tom Was Punished for Following the Law

Tom Rost is the owner of the award-winning R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan. The fifth-generation business has been serving grieving families in the greater Detroit area for over 100 years.

Harris Funeral Homes has a sex-specific dress code as a part of its professional codes of conduct. These policies help ensure that families can focus on the grieving process rather than the funeral home or its staff. The dress code is consistent with industry standards and in accord with federal law, and every employee agrees to follow the dress code upon being hired.

In 2012, a male funeral director gave Tom a letter. The letter informed Tom that after nearly six years of employment, the employee planned to begin dressing and presenting as a woman while working with the grieving families Harris Funeral Homes serves.

Tom was surprised. But not even that moment of shock could prepare him for what came next.

When Tom decided that he could not go along with the employee’s plan to violate the dress code, the employee filed a complaint against Tom with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC then sued Tom and Harris Funeral Homes for sex discrimination.

They did this even though Tom was acting in accord with existing federal law, which allows small businesses to have sex-specific dress codes. The EEOC sought to use this case to redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Now, Tom’s case is set to be argued at the United States Supreme Court on October 8. This is Tom’s last stand.

This Case Will Impact Freedom for All

 If Tom loses, he and his family-owned business will be punished. But businesses have the right to rely on what the law is. They shouldn’t be punished based on what government agencies want the law to be.

Tom’s case won’t just affect him. It will affect all Americans who need to rely on the law as it is written.

But it’s more than just that. Changing the definition of sex would undermine equal opportunities for women and girls like Selina Soule and Alanna Smith, high school athletes who are being forced to compete against biological males who identify as girls—producing an unequal playing field in women’s sports. It would also force organizations to open women’s shelters, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers to men who profess to be women—jeopardizing the dignity and privacy of women everywhere.

We need to secure a victory for Tom—and for us all. The Supreme Court’s decision in this case will determine not only whether Tom gets justice, but also whether unelected officials can rewrite law.

It can cost over $1 million to litigate a case all the way to the Supreme Court. Tom could never afford to take this stand on his own. This crucial work to defend freedom can only happen through God’s provision and your support.

Tom needs your help. Will you stand with him today?

Already, a group of generous Ministry Friends have answered the call and provided a $2 million challenge grant to help defend Tom and others like him. Will you give today to further the impact for freedom during this critical time?


Maureen Collins

Maureen Collins

Web Writer

Maureen has a passion for writing and her work has appeared on The Federalist.

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