Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I am founder of a tax-exempt federally recognized church…

I am founder of...

I am founder of a tax-exempt federally recognized church whose religious focus is exclusively based on biological females. I've been researching to confirm that we are exempt from anti-discrimination laws in the state of Michigan that would require us to admit males who gender-identify as women as members. I am looking for a definitive answer, believing that we do have the right to have our Church members and religious services for female persons. I realize that this is a sticky wicket these days. We support anti discrimination laws for transgender people in the secular world, but our Church cosmology and practices are based in biology being important. Can you help me? Thank you!

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Michigan. However we also have branches of our Church in California.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Do you mean, any complaints? if this is what you mean, then no.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I guess I'm confused about state's rights on these issues considering separation of church and state to me should cross state lines...

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
1/5/2018
Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 126,800
Experience: JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law
Verified

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only. Please feel free to ignore any phone service request, the expert does not send those unless asked by customer and they are sent by the site automatically.

As a private non-profit religious organization, you are exempt from the anti-discrimination laws regarding your membership based on your sincerely ***** ***** beliefs. You are not talking about employment, where employment discrimination laws can apply although you have a right to give preference to members of your religious group, this is a group membership issue and as a private religious entity you are allowed to select your members based on biological gender and there are no laws that would prevent you from doing just that.

Please do not forget to leave positive feedback by clicking on the 5 stars at the top of your page, as the experts are not employees of the site and get no credit for spending time with customers unless they leave positive feedback. Thank you.

Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 126,800
Experience: JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law
Verified
Law Educator, Esq. and 87 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 126,800
126,800 Satisfied Customers
Experience: JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Law Educator, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,658 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,843 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

126,800 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

301 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
I am confused as to what restroom compliance is currently in
I am confused as to what restroom compliance is currently in the state of California. At our Swapmeet grounds we have 10 restroom sites, plenty for men and women. Our group isn't in to men/women/kids … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
14,040 satisfied customers
I'm searching for a pending abortion case, but can't seem to
Hello! I'm searching for a pending abortion case, but can't seem to find one that hasn't already been. I'm working on a project for a Supreme Court Controversies case I'm taking this semester (I'm pre… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,770 satisfied customers
What are the legal responsibilities of the American Legion
What are the legal responsibilities of the American Legion to provide to provide transgender facilities? Our post is preparing to remodel the bathroom facilities. We currently have a mens bathroom wit… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
126,800 satisfied customers
My name is ***** ***** and the issue is regarding Employee
Customer: My name is ***** ***** Davis and the issue is regarding Employee flu vaccination exemption for religious reasons. … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
We are a religious nonprofit tax-exempt organization
We are a religious nonprofit tax-exempt organization recognized by the IRS Code 501(c)(3). We also have the NJ Tax exempt status. Our name , Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance and logo, the… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
126,800 satisfied customers
We are a small start up business and want to offer employees
We are a small start up business and want to offer employees medical cost sharing via "Medi-Share". This is not insurance, but an Christian based cost sharing organization recognized by the Federal Go… read more
Tina
Tina
Doctoral Degree
83 satisfied customers
I live in Illinois. My brother has been mentally and physically
I live in Illinois. My brother has been mentally and physically challenged most of his adult life froma a traumatic head injury. He was invited/recruited to attend a local Baptist church and has atten… read more
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq
Doctoral Degree
17,940 satisfied customers
In my opinion and opinion of others I feel my 16 yr old daughter
In my opinion and opinion of others I feel my 16 yr old daughter is being discriminated against at the Catholic High School she attends, because of medical issues mainly Migranes. My Daughter has atte… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
I had a police report filed on me (47 yr.old male) for approaching
I had a police report filed on me (47 yr.old male) for approaching a 20 yr.old female at a church to ask her to sing on 3/4 recording projects in which I needed a female singer for. I am a pro sound e… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
I think I need to sue my church board for breach of fiduciary
I think I need to sue my church board for breach of fiduciary responsibility. They hired a new pastor without checking his background or his qualifications. This man has a law degree and the person wh… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
As a church employer in your religion, what reason would you
Read the following case study "Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day V. Amos 483 U.S. 327 (1987)" and answer the question: Question: As a church employer in y… read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,462 satisfied customers
Legal & Tax question What are the legal definitions of religious
Legal & Tax question: What are the legal definitions of religious group and religious organization in the State of Missouri, and where do I find information about organizing and tax exempt status rela… read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,766 satisfied customers
I sued a Veterans Service Organization for gender and race
I sued a Veterans Service Organization for gender and race discrimination, unlawful firing. court would not hear case or lack of jurisdiction. said organization was exempt from civil rights act of 196… read more
Anne_C
Anne_C
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
13 satisfied customers
With a vacation rental can one stipulate that one does not
With a vacation rental can one stipulate that one does not accept large single-sex groups? This is to avoid groups who get out of control with drink, celebrating etc. The way I understand it is that i… read more
FraudExaminerNate
FraudExaminerNate
Managing Member
Juris Doctor
286 satisfied customers
How do I get property tax exemption for my house, where I am
How do I get property tax exemption for my house, where I am conducting weekly religious services?… read more
Andrea, Esq.
Andrea, Esq.
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
10,512 satisfied customers
Do you mean that he wanted to join a team that was going to
Do you mean that he wanted to join a team that was going to be cut because of Title and therefore should have been notified subject:Wrestling at wagner… read more
KUMI95
KUMI95
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
17 satisfied customers
My question concerns lay offs. This week, 3 female employees
My question concerns lay offs. This week, 3 female employees were laid off. The reason for my layoff was financial problems, employee #2 was given the reason as redefining the department and no need f… read more
Sam
Sam
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
10,701 satisfied customers
The State of Massachuset legalize the union between ...
The State of Massachuset legalize the union between two persons of the same sex. There are many churches that are again that law for religious reasons. My question is, What would happen to a minister … read more
Dan
Dan
Semi-Retired; Part-Time Consultant
Doctoral Degree
872 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x