Religion, Sexuality, and Freedom: a Talk with Dr. Emily Kazyak and Dr. Kelsy Burke
When: Friday, April 9th 2021 from 2:30-3:30PM EST
Where: Zoom (email firstname.lastname@example.org for event link)
In recent decades, prominent legal battles have resulted in a dramatic increase in gained civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and queer-identified individuals in the U.S. Simultaneously, opponents have argued before courts that they should be exempt from recognizing LGBTQ rights based on the claim that their religious beliefs fundamentally oppose the acceptance of LGBTQ people. This presentation explores the evolution of cultural beliefs and case law when it comes to religious freedom and LGBTQ people in the United States. Kazyak and Burke describe findings from an ongoing research project that includes surveys and interviews of Americans’ beliefs alongside quantitative and qualitative analysis of opinions and summaries of federal court cases related to religious exemption and nondiscrimination laws.