WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015) – Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that all states must permit Same Sex Marriage, some devout business people worry that they will be required to participate by providing either products (e.g., he-and-he wedding cakes) and/or services (e.g., video recording), even if their participation in a same sex marriage event or support for same sex marriage services violates deeply held religions views.
This is especially true in those states where statutes prohibit discrimination in “public accommodations” (which include most businesses) based upon sexual orientation. Some states also have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act [RFRA] which some argue must override anti-discrimination laws to protect basic religious freedoms. In some situations, these two may appear to conflict.
But there is a simple way to protect both important interests, says a public interest law professor who has won over 100 legal actions fighting illegal discrimination against women, blacks, Jews, the deaf, and others. He points to a pair of recent legal decisions which illustrate this principle in action.
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