Des Moines Church Drops Bathroom Lawsuit

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines Church has dropped its lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

The church filed the lawsuit last year, claiming the Commission was unconstitutionally forcing them to open its restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex by enforcing state anti-discrimination laws. The church sought an injunction to stop the enforcement of the laws against religious organizations.

Last week a judge denied that injunction, ruling that the laws the church was concerned about aren’t actually applied to them. The Civil Rights Commission, too, says the laws do not apply to churches and other religious groups.

Wednesday, the church dropped its lawsuit. In its filing it agrees that the lawsuit is unnecessary because the anti-discrimination statutes aren’t being applied to them.

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