Jul 03, 2014 7:40 PM GMT
Now who is asking for "special rights"?
That’s the opposite of what these religious leaders are doing. They make no attempt to justify discrimination against LGBT people, but they are nevertheless defending the practice. A religious exemption for LGBT protections would communicate that LGBT and faith identities are inherently incompatible. Codifying such a policy would erase the many LGBT people who are people of faith and the many religious traditions that are welcoming of them. This erasure, along with the discrimination LGBT people would continue to experience, would be a worthy sacrifice, they claim, to avoid “an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity, and religious freedom.” It’s an admission that discriminating against LGBT people is such an important part of their mission that they would disqualify themselves from federal contracts rather than change their policies — and that they don’t have a good argument for doing so.