Posted on April 14, 2018
Holy Inequality! A Forum on Religion, Law, and the LGBTQ Community
Religious doctrine has long been used to justify and uphold LGBTQ discrimination. Likewise, in the United States, the Religious Right has been actively linking religion to their legal strategies to undermine LGBTQ rights. One example of this is “carve outs” to existing laws and policies that enable people and organizations to claim exemption on the basis that their compliance would violate their religious beliefs and freedom. Such exemptions, though, sanction inequality and have the potential to affect you in nearly every sphere of life, from health care settings and government offices, to private businesses and your own workplace.
To get to the core of the issue, Stonewall Community Foundation is convening a panel of leading legal experts, advocates, and researchers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Columbia University, and Political Research Associates who will examine how the principle of religious liberty is being used, for better and worse, to shape our political reality.
A short reception will follow.
All guests must RSVP by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20th.
• Katherine Franke
Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Director, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law; and Faculty Director, Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia University.
• Ria Tobacco Mar
Staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Law Project and attorney on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
• Cole Parke
Research analyst at Political Research Associates; degrees in theology and conflict transformation; works at the intersections of faith, gender, and sexuality as an activist, organizer, and scholar.