In states and court rooms across the country, conservative extremists have launched a new effort that threatens to undermine hard-fought civil and human rights victories for LGBT people, women, and others. Under the guise of religious liberty, conservatives are organizing to impose their theological doctrines on others while carving out broad exemptions from a wide variety of laws with which they disagree. Through law suits, grass roots organizing, messaging tactics and more, conservatives are attempting to roll back the progressive clock, all while claiming that they are being victimized for their beliefs.
Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, which will focus on current attempts by conservatives to insert religious doctrine into public policy in states across the country, examine how the progressive movement is responding, and highlight how the real debate is not a false choice between religious liberty and equality, but rather one about our shared American values of basic fairness, tolerance, and equal protection under the law.
Tom Perriello, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor for Policy, Center for American Progress
Lissy Moskowitz, Deputy Policy Director and General Counsel, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President, Interfaith Alliance
Eunice Rho, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
Sarah Warbelow, State Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign
Sally Steenland, Director, Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.