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New HUD proposed rule strengthens religious freedom, promotes flexibility in serving vulnerable

Published On: 6/12/2020


The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule allowing shelter providers that are permitted by the Fair Housing Act to be single sex facilities, to determine “sex” in accordance with their own policies:

“There is no need to force shelters to violate their faith or impose a blanket federal policy that forces vulnerable women to share space with men who claim a female identity. Our Constitution requires government officials to treat religious Americans and faith-based organizations as favorably as everyone else and HUD’s proposed rule takes a step in that direction. Some of the faith-based organizations we’ve represented in court have faced hostility—and even the threat of closure—by government officials who disagree with their religious beliefs. That’s why we are glad HUD is proposing a rule that at least returns this issue to local control and otherwise lets shelters set their own admissions policies to carry out their mission.”

ADF attorneys represented Downtown Hope Center in a federal lawsuitThe Downtown Soup Kitchen dba Downtown Hope Center v. Municipality of Anchorage, after the city of Anchorage misapplied a city ordinance against the faith-based women’s shelter.


Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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