On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court, in a historic vote, moved our nation one step closer to finding equality under the law by legalizing same sex marriage nationally. There are many in the religious right, however, unwilling to allow their fellow citizens participate fully in society. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, those in the religious right are also in positions of power, or have the authority to exercise control over the freedoms of their fellow Americans.
On this episode, we welcome Annie Laurie Gaylor, cofounder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, editor for Freethought Today, the nation’s only freethought newspaper. In addition to her editorial and leadership roles within the FFRF, Annie also has found time to author the books Woe to Women: The Bible Tells Me So, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, and Women Without Superstition: No Gods – No Masters. Annie is here to discuss, and help us understand what obligations are there for people in the religious right have when it comes to executing the duties government. We’ll also discuss areas of continued, state-sanctioned discrimination where people across the entire LGBTQIAA spectrum still face hurdles on a daily basis.
We welcome Annie Laurie Gaylor to the show to bring her expertise and experience on legal issues concerning this new tactic to punch a hole in the wall between church and state.
- Freedom From Religion Foundation
- The battle for same sex marriage equality is now being fought at the clerk level.
- Kentucky legislators sponsoring bills to protect county clerks form legal action when refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses. Bill would also protect churches for denial of marriage services.
- Texas governor Greg Abbot issues an executive order “protecting” clerks from being punished by superiors for failure to issue same sex marriage licenses.
- A condensed timeline for the fight for marriage equality.
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