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Lesbian Chai Feldblum-Gay Marriage Means Less Religious Rights

Georgetown University lesbian law professor Chai Feldblum
believes that when same-sex marriage is legalized, which she argues
is both necessary and inevitable, conservative people of faith will
lose religious rights. This is the same Chai Feldblum who has been
nominated to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC).

Feldblum, speaking at a Becket Fund Symposium in December 2005 stated the following:

[L]et
us postulate, for the moment, that in some number of years an
overwhelming majority of jurisdictions in this country will have
changed their laws so that LGBT people will have full equality in
society, including access to civil marriage. Or, indeed, let us
postulate that the entire country is governed--as a matter of federal
statutory and constitutional law--on the basis of full equality for
LGBT people....

Assume for the moment that these beliefs
ultimately translate into the passage of laws that prohibit
discrimination based on sexual orientation and that provide same-sex
couples the same societal supports currently available to opposite-sex
couples, including access to civil marriage....[G]ranting this
justified liberty and equality to gay people will likely put a burden
on those religious people who believe acting on one's same-sex sexual
orientation is a sin and who may feel they are aiding and abetting sin
if they rent an apartment to a gay couple, allow a gay couple to eat at
their restaurant, or provide health benefits to a same-sex spouse....


Let
me be very clear...in almost all the situations...I believe the burden
on religious people that will be caused by granting gay people full
equality will be justified....

That is because I believe
granting liberty to gay people advances a compelling government
interest, that such an interest cannot be adequately advanced if
"pockets of resistance" to a societal statement of equality are
permitted to flourish, and hence that a law that permits no individual
exceptions based on religious beliefs will be the least restrictive
means of achieving the goal of liberty for gay people...

Not
surprisingly, following her nomination to the EEOC, Feldblum requested
that her name be removed from the subversive document she signed in
2006 entitled "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All
Our Families and Relationships," which begins with this troubling
statement:

We, the undersigned--lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) and allied activists, scholars, educators, writers,
artists, lawyers, journalists, and community organizers-- seek to offer
friends and colleagues everywhere a new vision for securing
governmental and private institutional recognition of diverse kinds of
partnerships, households, kinship relationships and families. In so
doing, we hope to move beyond the narrow confines of marriage politics
as they exist in the United States today.

We seek access
to a flexible set of economic benefits and options regardless of sexual
orientation, race, gender/gender identity, class, or citizenship status.

The
"Beyond Marriage" authors seek to have "Committed, loving households in
which there is more than one conjugal partner" as well as "Queer
couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another
queer person or couple, in two households" be recognized as families
and accorded all the benefits of traditional marriages.

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