Gay Marriage & Religious Freedom - Event Audio/Video
St. Louis Lawyers Chapter
April 14, 2009Kevin J. Hasson, Jennifer Wolsing
The following audio and video were recorded on April 14, 2009.
The Iowa Supreme Court's and the Vermont legislature's controversial decisions to extend legal marriage rights to gay couples marked a victory for same-sex marriage advocates. Washington, D.C.'s decision to recognize other states' same-sex marriages has also been hailed as a civil rights triumph.
However, Kevin J. "Seamus" Hasson of the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom asks the hard questions: What effect will legalized gay marriage have on our First Amendment rights to religious freedom? For instance, would a religious marital counseling program have to extend services to same-sex couples? Would a religious employer have to extend spousal insurance benefits to same-sex spouses? Would a religious university have to extend subsidized marital housing to same-sex couples?
- Mr. Kevin J. "Seamus" Hasson, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
- Introduction: Ms. Jennifer Wolsing, President, St. Louis Federalist Society
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