Book Talk: Religious Freedom, LBGT Rights, and The Prospects for Commom Ground

March 14, 2019

Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law Christian Fellowship and Catholic Law Students Association for a book talk with Professor William N. Eskridge Jr. ’78 and Robin Fretwell Wilson. They will discuss their new book, Religious Freedom, LBGT Rights, and The Prospects for Common Ground.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:10 – 7:00 pm in SLB 122

This book is a groundbreaking volume of leading voices in the faith and LGBT advocacy communities, equality and religious liberty scholars, and legislative stakeholders.  The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by certain faith communities, and this confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following the adjudication of a number of legal cases. As the strident arguments of both sides enter a heated political arena, it brings forward the deeply contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities’ contested positions being reconciled under the same law. This volume assembles impactful voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities - from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches. The contributors offer a 360-degree view of culture-war conflicts around faith and sexuality - from Obergefell to Masterpiece Cakeshop - and explore whether communities with such profound differences in belief are able to reach mutually acceptable solutions in order to both live with integrity.  Setting the stage for the dialogue, the introduction notes the shift in policies from the Obama to the Trump administrations, a concerning report by the US Commission on Civil Rights, and political and legal developments that cast issues in a win/lose framework. This lead-in to an overdue conversation, one that began with the volume’s contributors at a two-day summit at Yale University, asks whether we must remain divided as a nation over matters at the intersection of faith and sexuality.

William N. Eskridge, Jr. ’78 is John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence.   

Robin Fretwell Wilson is Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, and Director, Family Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Ebook available from Cambridge University Press: (Must be connected to the Yale Network in order to access.)

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