Discrimiation and gays and religion

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As LGBT rights come under renewed assault at the federal level, they have also come under attack in state legislatures. The process itself was methodical and respectful, examining submissions which drew on questions of law, religion, ethics, morality and the lived experiences of LGBT Australians. Persephone Webb, an activist in Tennessee, noted:. As the incidents described above help illustrate, the absence of laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity leaves LGBT people vulnerable to mistreatment, including mistreatment motivated by moral or religious convictions. It was not an aberration to set conditions for Commonwealth grants to service providers. In the months ahead, the State Department should more forcefully promote an inclusive vision of religious liberty that all can enjoy.

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The harms of religious exemptions are not limited to outright refusals or deterring LGBT people from seeking goods and services. Felicia Fontaine, a lesbian minister with Universal Fellowship of the Metropolitan Community Church, says the religious right is misusing the Bible. In the months ahead, the State Department should more forcefully promote an inclusive vision of religious liberty that all can enjoy. With these laws, states have recognized that there is an urgent need to combat discrimination that denies people access to goods and services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our interviewees explained that, by enacting religious exemptions to blunt the advancement of LGBT equality, lawmakers sent a powerful signal that they were unequal or unvalued in their community. Importantly, this was the first Commonwealth inquiry that explicitly examined transgender rights. Statements made by legislative supporters of the laws, and in some cases the content of the laws themselves, moreover, make clear that they aim to push back against recent gains toward LGBT equality and to dilute the rights of LGBT people to secure protection from invidious discrimination.

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Most Viewed February 9, Dispatches. The inquiry considered the balance that needed to be struck between protecting sexual and gender minorities from harassment, and the right to free speech. Gomes, an American Baptist Minister and professor of Christian morals at Harvard University, observed that nine Biblical citations are customarily invoked to condemn homosexuality. February 10, News Release. Second, as statutory provisions, religious exemption laws can override other protections that may exist for LGBT people. Typically, religious exemptions offer a narrow, defined exception to a generally applicable law. Those who interpret scripture to justify the persecution of gay men and lesbians are misusing the Bible in exactly the same way that segregationists and anti-Semites manipulated scripture to justify the oppression and victimization of blacks and Jews.

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