Salon III

Thursday, September 8, 2016
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


To what extent should religious liberty be used as a justification for denying employment, housing, or services to LGBT people? A number of states are debating and passing so-called Religious Liberty bills. This legislation, proponents say, is designed to protect people from having to engage in actions that go against their religious beliefs, such as baking a cake for a same-sex wedding or renting an apartment to a same-sex couple. Some of these bills are also regulating which restrooms transgender people may use. Critics of these laws say they dramatically change the long-standing notions of religious freedom and free exercise in the public space, granting a right to discriminate rather than protecting an individual’s right to exercise their religion in the private sphere.

Panelists: Jason DeRose, Rev. Juan del Hierro, Dr. Jay Michaelson, Ross Murray, Steve Rothaus

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