The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the City of San Francisco was within its rights to fire a human rights commissioner for making anti-homosexual remarks.
The Court rejected an appeal by the Rev. Eugene Lumpkin, a Baptist pastor who was removed from the Human Rights Commission in 1993 after he told reporters that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin.
“It’s sad that people have AIDS and what have you, but it says right here in the Scripture that the homosexual lifestyle is an abomination against God,” Lumpkin told the San Francisco Chronicle.
In his appeal, Lumpkin argued that a government agency should not be permitted to fire an employee for making public statements concerning religious beliefs. He argued, “The right to religious belief and profession is absolute.”
But the High Court refused to review a U.S. appeals court ruling which said that although Lumpkin is free to state his views, the First Amendment does not guarantee “job security when he preached homophobia while serving as a city official.
— E.P. News