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A Dialogue on LGBT Rights and Religious Liberties

April 15, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A Dialogue on LGBT Rights and Religious Liberties

Sutherland Moot Courtroom, S.J. Quinney College of Law
The shift in support of LGBT civil rights is evidenced by the recent spate of federal circuits striking down same-sex marriage bans, underscored by the US Supreme Court taking the case this session (to rule sometime in June). However, these rapid shifts in the legal landscape have led several religious groups to fear that their religious liberties are at stake.

In one local example, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported statewide nondiscrimination (SB 296) for the LGBT community, conditioned on the guarantee that protections for religious groups be enshrined as well. Where the nation will strike the balance between LGBT rights and religious liberties remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt the Supreme Court’s pending hearing of marriage equality will stake a claim.

OutLaws are pleased to provide a dialogue between two nationally recognized experts within the fields of civil rights and religious liberties, respectively:  Professors Clifford Rosky and Frederick Gedicks. Please join us on Wednesday April 15 at 5:30 in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom to hear them shed light on how to balance the needs of both religious groups and the LGBT community.

1 hour CLE (pending). Sponsored by the OutLaw Student Organization at the S.J. Quinney College of Law


Cliff_Rosky_qrhtc5Clifford Rosky is Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, and sexuality, gender and law. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Amherst College.Before joining the faculty, Professor Rosky served as a Research Fellow for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law. While at the Williams Institute, he submitted an amicus brief in the successful same-sex marriage appeal to the California Supreme Court, developed teaching materials for a casebook on sexual orientation and law, and co-authored over 30 demographic reports on lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations in the United States. Professor Rosky is a two-time recipient of the Dukeminier Award, which recognizes the best sexual orientation legal scholarship published in the previous year. His research has been published in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Arizona Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. Professor Rosky has provided legal commentary on issues related to sexuality, gender, and same-sex marriage to numerous press outlets, including the Associated Press, N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN.

FrederickGedicksProfessor Frederick Gedicks holds the Guy Anderson Chair, one of three endowed chairs at the BYU Law School. He is widely published on law and religion, constitutional law, and constitutional interpretation, including two books,The Rhetoric of Church and State: A Critical Analysis of Religion Clause Jurisprudence (Duke University Press, 1995), and  Choosing the Dream: The Future of Religion in American Public Life (Greenwood Press, 1991) (with Roger Hendrix). Professor Gedicks is an active defender of the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act and opposes efforts by owners of for-profit businesses to obtain religious exemptions from the mandate. SeeOne Cheer for Hobby Lobby: Improbably Alternatives, Trutly Strict Scrutiny, and Third-Party Employee Burdens,” 38 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 153 (2015); “RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion,” 49 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (Spring 2014); (with Rebecca Van Tassell); “Invisible Women” Why an Exemption for Hobby Lobby Would Violate the Establishment Clause,” 67 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 51 (2014) (with Andrew Koppelman); and “With Religious LIberty for All: A Defense of the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Coverage Mandate,” 6 Advance 135 (Fall 2012). He was principal author and counsel of record on a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief filed for himself and twenty other church-state scholars in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, arguing that for-profit employer exemptions would violate the Establishment Clause, and also published a widely read op-ed in the Washington Post making the same argument, “Paying for the Boss’s Religion” (January 20, 2014).

Free parking is available at Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner or click the “public transit” option under “Get Directions” on Google maps. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (Carlson Hall stop).


April 15, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
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