New Project on Religious Exemptions and Civil Rights Launches
New York, March 24, 2014—Katherine Franke, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, announced today the launch of the Public Rights/Private Conscience project, a new think-tank created to address the increased use of religion-based exemptions from compliance with federal and state laws securing equality and sexual liberty.
|Professor Katherine Franke|
- map the arguments being made in the religious exemptions context in court cases, academic scholarship, policy papers, and the media;
- mobilize scholars, lawyers, and advocates in an effort to reframe the debate so that compliance with civil rights norms is seen as compatible with faith-based doctrines;
- develop model language that can be included in proposed legislation that strikes the constitutionally required balance between religious liberty and other fundamental constitutional rights; and
- develop best practices to address entities or individuals that refuse service on the basis of religion.