Religious Discrimination: National and International Tactics
Religion has become a central issue in the fight for LGBT equality, both nationally and internationally. Join the LGBT Bar as we present a screening of God Loves Uganda, a powerful documentary on evangelical missionaries in Africa, followed by a panel discussion featuring leading legal minds on religious discrimination.
April 8, 2014 | 5:45pm - 8:30pm
Hosted by O'Melveny & Myers1625 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
On March 25, the Supreme Court heard Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The two cases challenge whether corporations are legally allowed to deny their employees access to contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. A ruling will have a tremendous impact on the LGBT community, deciding whether employees can be fired due to their sexual orientation.
On the heels of this landmark ruling, the LGBT Bar will host a screening of God Loves Uganda, a movie about the role of the United States' religious movement in Africa. Following the film, a panel led by experts in religious freedom issues will discuss both the religious exemptions cases and the responsibility of the U.S. in spreading their beliefs internationally.
The film will be introduced by Walter Delinger, partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and former acting United States Solicitor General. Speakers on the panel include Wade McMullen, Carlos Quesada and Pastor Joseph Tolton.