Monday, November 14, 2016

What now for the religious freedom movement under Trump?

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

So what does the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States mean for the future of religious liberty? The well-known baker and florist cases occur under state and local non-discrimination laws (which cover nearly 60 percent of the country), so the federal government has little impact on these cases. After Obergefell, many legislatures have tried and failed to protect these artists through stand-alone legislation. If these rights are to be protected, the lessons of Arizona (2014), Indiana (2015), and Georgia (2016) suggest that they are only politically protectable if discrimination against LGBT persons is addressed at the same time. [link]