ON-Lion Letter
A new book from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty:  Emerging Conflicts, explores the religious-freedom implications of defining marriage to include same-sex couples. It is a comprehensive, scholarly appraisal of the church-state conflicts virtually certain to arise from the legal recognition of same-sex marriage. 
         
Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty examines two principal questions.  First, exactly what kind of religious freedom conflicts are likely to emerge if society embraces same-sex marriage?  A redefinition of marriage would impact a host of laws where marital status affects legal rights -- in housing, employment, health care, education, public accommodations, and property, in addition to family law. 

These laws, in turn, regulate a host of religious institutions -- schools, hospitals, and social-service providers, to name a few -- that often embrace a different definition of marriage.  As a result, church-state conflicts will follow.  This volume anticipates where and how these manifold disputes will arise.
 
Second, how might these conflicts be resolved?  If the disputes spark litigation under the Free Speech, Free Exercise, or Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment, who will prevail and why?  When, if ever, should claims of religious liberty prevail over claims of sexual liberty? 

Drawing on experience in analogous areas of law, the book explores whether it is possible to avoid these constitutional conflicts by statutory accommodation, or by separating religious marriage from civil marriage.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports The Becket Fund.
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