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Faith and Equality

Advancing Progressive Religious Liberty in 2016

People protest for LGBT rights. book_alt2 icon Report A hopeful, progressive understanding of religious liberty can prevent harm and discrimination while preserving the freedoms of both religious and nonreligious Americans.

by Carolyn Davis | Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fired for Being Who I Am: The Fight for LGBT Equality Continues

play_alt icon Video Despite historic progress on LGBT rights, many LGBT people and their families still face serious and life-altering discrimination in their daily lives.

by Kulsum Ebrahim, Sarah McBride, Claire Markham | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Economic Cost of Overly Broad RFRAs

Indiana RFRA opponentsAnti-LGBT religious exemption laws pose a serious risk to state economies.

by Sarah McBride | Thursday, February 4, 2016

Building Transgender-Inclusive Faith Communities

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress asked transgender and allied faith leaders how communities of faith can lead the way for greater acceptance of transgender people. Here is what they said.

by Andrew Satter, Sarah McBride, Bishop Gene Robinson, Samuel Chang | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Restoring the Balance

Supreme Court book_alt2 icon Report One year after Hobby Lobby, state legislators, organizations, and for-profit corporations are using religious liberty to infringe on the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people.

by Carolyn Davis, Laura E. Durso, Carmel Martin | Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Strengthening Child Welfare Systems by Resisting LGBT Discrimination

Adopted child of same-sex parentsReligious exemption laws would deny loving homes to vulnerable youth.

by Carolyn Davis and Hannah Hussey | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Partners for LGBT Equality

The recent Supreme Court decisions supporting marriage equality underscores the successful alliance that has been forged between the religious community and LGBT advocates.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination

Gay and lesbian support rallyAs the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

DOMADespite claims by many conservatives and religious leaders, marriage has not always been a union between one man and one woman but over the years has embraced practices that even most strident marriage traditionalists might abhor.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminate

Carri Jo Anderson holds a bucket of Kuntucky Fried Chicken and a gay pride sign as she joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla.Claims of threats to “religious liberty” are all too often not about the free exercise of religion but instead about discriminating against gay Americans.

by Crosby Burns | Monday, October 15, 2012

Twin Freedoms

Catholic support of gay marriage holds sign saying so book_alt2 icon Report The freedoms to worship and to marry are both important American values, and they are wholly compatible with one another.

by Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely | Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gay and Transgender Issues

Rev. Mark TiddAmericans are becoming less opposed to marriage equality and increasingly unlikely to base their vote on antigay and antitransgender measures.

by Jack Jenkins | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Freedom to Work, the Freedom to Worship

article icon Issue Brief Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely examine the religious exemption of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in more detail and compare it to religious exemptions found in the nation’s major employment nondiscrimination law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

by Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely | Monday, June 11, 2012

From Harvey Milk to the White House: Gay Marriage Evolutions

The late Harvey Milk is smiling at the president's support for marriage equality, writes Bishop Gene Robinson.

by Bishop Gene Robinson | Tuesday, May 22, 2012