Balancing LGBTQIA Rights and Religious Liberties – Commentary on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture
18 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2019
Date Written: February 1, 2019
On February 1, 2019, Professors Jocelyn Samuels, Alan Brownstein, and Maimon Schwarzschild commented on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture delivered by former EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Religious Liberty and LGBTQIA Rights: Finding the Right Balance. Among the topics addressed were whether there are common principles that support protecting both religious liberty and LGBTQ+ rights; whether religious exemption claims relating to the LGBTQ+ community should be treated the same as racial discrimination and exemptions to laws prohibiting racial discrimination; what criteria should influence whether a religious exemption is appropriate; and whether an entity receiving federal funding should be able to raise religious exemptions relating to the LGBTQ+ community.
Keywords: LGBTQ+, religious liberty, religious exemption claims, discrimination, civil rights, equality rights, sexuality, sexual activity, Constitution, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K36, K49
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