Commentary: "Religious exemptions" are the next battleground for LGBT equality

09/27/2013 | Towleroad

The LGBT community must take a stronger stance against "religious exemptions" pushed by marriage-equality opponents, writes Ari Ezra Waldman, a professor at New York Law School. Waldman points out that "conscience clauses" that would let government officials refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple if it violates their religious beliefs are a threat to the marriage-equality movement. "[I]f these exemptions -- even the narrow, legitimate ones -- become too rote, too common, too enshrined in the law, then it feeds the cultural narrative that religious liberty trumps equality and fairness," Waldman writes.

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