The Federalist Society

Gay Marriage & Religious Freedom - Event Audio/Video

St. Louis Lawyers Chapter

April 14, 2009

Kevin 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?

Gay Marriage & Religious Freedom 4-14-09
Running Time: 00:42:41
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Speakers:

  • Mr. Kevin J. "Seamus" Hasson, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Introduction: Ms. Jennifer Wolsing, President, St. Louis Federalist Society

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