Lecture Series

12Dec2013

National Call-In: Religious Exemptions for Corporations

1:00pm-2:00pm ET

The National LGBT Bar Association hosted a call-in on the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding whether corporations can refuse to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. The issue of corporations refusing to adhere to generally accepted, national laws, could have broad implications, especially for the LGBT community. If the Supreme Court rules that the religious beliefs of corporations’ owners can override the implementation of standard regulations, will corporations also be able to discriminate against LGBT employees? Religious exemptions have long been a barrier to full equality. Speakers included Doug NeJaime, professor of law at UC Irvine School of Law; Jenny Pizer, Senior Counsel and Director of Lambda Legal’s Law and Policy Project; and Rose Saxe, a staff attorney at the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender and AIDS Projects.

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