Gay Rights and Religious Freedom: Is common ground possible?

at Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
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One of the most contentious public policy challenges of our time is the clash between religious freedom claims and LGBT equality. Many religious conservatives see the advance of LGBT rights, especially same-sex marriage, as threatening religious freedom. At the same time, many LGBT activists view religiously motivated attempts to carve out exemptions from non-discrimination and gay marriage laws as bigotry disguised as “religious freedom.”

Moment magazine, in partnership with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, will explore if it’s possible to find common ground between these conflicting claims, asking: “Are gay rights and religious freedom a balancing act — or a zero-sum game?”

The panel discussion will feature:

  • Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Marc D. Stern, general counsel, American Jewish Committee
  • Jay Michaelson, fellow, Political Research Associates
  • Moderator: Charles C. Haynes, director, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute

A reception will follow the discussion.

The event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.