In a 4-3 majority, the Maryland Supreme Court declined to expand employment protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community, concluding that a state equal pay law at issue does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The plaintiff, John Doe, a data analyst at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), sued his employer after CRS abruptly terminated his legal spouse’s health benefits after more than a year of coverage when the organization discovered the couple’s homosexual marriage.