Connecticut Law Review 2017 Symposium on State RFRA Laws: Liberty, Legislation, & Litigation
Religious freedom is a constitutional guarantee, but how can states balance religious freedom and civil rights protections? This Connecticut Law Review symposium will explore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which opened the door to religious exemptions for corporations, as well as cases like E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, which are attempting to push open the religious exemption door even further. State laws, diverse as the states themselves, have spurred contentious debate The greatest tensions fall between religious freedom and civil rights, primarily in cases challenging LGBTQ protections. Legal scholars, legislators, practitioners, public advocacy groups and outspoken members of the community will come together to explore these tensions.