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Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty?: The Unnecessary Conflict

Andrew Koppelman


Should religious people who conscientiously object to facilitating same-sex weddings, and who therefore decline to provide cakes, photography, or other services, be exempted from antidiscrimination laws? This issue has taken on an importance far beyond the tiny number who have made such claims. Gay rights advocates fear that exempting even a few religious dissenters would unleash a devastating wave of discrimination. Conservative Christians fear that the law will treat them like racists and drive them to the margins of American society. Both sides are mistaken. This is not a matter of abstract ... More

Keywords: gay rights, constitutional law, religious liberty, freedom of religion, religious accommodation, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Hobby Lobby, freedom of speech, American politics, Donald Trump

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197500989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197500989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Koppelman, author
Professor of Law, Northwestern University