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Religious Freedom and Gay Rights: Emerging Conflicts in the United States and Europe

Timothy Shah, Thomas Farr, and Jack Friedman

Abstract

In the United States and Europe, an increasing emphasis on equality has pitted rights claims against each other, raising profound philosophical, moral, legal, and political questions about the meaning and reach of religious liberty. Nowhere has this conflict been more salient than in the debate between claims of religious freedom, on one hand, and equal rights claims made on the behalf of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, on the other. As new rights for LGBT individuals have expanded in liberal democracies across the West, longstanding rights of religious ... More

Keywords: religious freedom, gay rights, equality, discrimination, conscientious objection, reasonable accommodation, law, same-sex marriage, Europe, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190600600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600600.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Shah, editor
Associate Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University

Thomas Farr, editor
Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University

Jack Friedman, editor
Research Assistant at the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University