Video: Charles Haynes on Recent State Religious Freedom Laws

To make sense of the controversy surrounding recent state legislation that aims to provide religious exemptions at the expense of the rights of LGBT people, Newseum Institute Chief Operating Officer Gene Policinski sat down with religious liberty expert Charles Haynes in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio to deconstruct the issues at play.

Haynes, vice president of the Newseum Institute and founding director of the Religious Freedom Center, explains how religious conservatives are proposing the laws in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision granting same-sex marriage rights at the state level. In Indiana, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and other states where there have been calls for religious freedom legislation, Haynes points out, there are no civil rights laws in place to protect LGBT people.

Haynes cites the problem as a “lack of reciprocity” by advocates who demand religious freedom but who refuse to guarantee equal rights for LGBT people, a topic he also explores in a recent “Inside the First Amendment” column.

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