Prospects for Common Ground: Introduction, in Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground

Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018

University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-34

Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 654

10 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2018 Last revised: 9 Jan 2019

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William N. Eskridge

Yale University - Law School

Robin Fretwell Wilson

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: September 28, 2018

Abstract

This introduction to Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground--a groundbreaking volume of leading voices in the faith and LGBT advocacy communities, equality and religious liberty scholars, and legislative stakeholders--surveys the volume’s far-reaching exploration of the deeply contested question of whether respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) and faith communities can be reconciled in the law. In identifying the topics presented by the volume’s thirty-five chapters, the introduction opens the door to dialogue and negotiation for mutually acceptable laws for faith and LGBT communities. Discussions span from state funding of religious for-profit and non-profit organizations, to the reach of LGBT nondiscrimination law, to approaches in tolerance and collaborative lawmaking. Setting the stage for the dialogue, the introduction notes the shift in policies from the Obama to the Trump administrations, a concerning report by the US Commission on Civil Rights, and political and legal developments that cast issues in a win/lose framework. This lead-in to an overdue conversation, one that began with the volume’s contributors at a two-day summit at Yale University, asks whether we must remain divided as a nation over matters at the intersection of faith and sexuality.

Suggested Citation

Eskridge, William Nichol and Wilson, Robin Fretwell, Prospects for Common Ground: Introduction, in Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (September 28, 2018). Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018; University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-34; Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 654. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3256999

William Nichol Eskridge

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Robin Fretwell Wilson (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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