John recently visited the Interamerican Court of Human Rights on May 17, 2017, to provide support to Central American LGBT rights activist and attorney Herman Duarte (holding John’s book in the photo). While in Costa Rica, John gave several talks, including two talks at ULACIT and one at the international law firm Dentons Muñoz.
At Slate, John explains why a recent case involving a Kentucky shop that refused to print an LGBT Pride t-shirt was rightly decided. From the piece:
[T]he legal boundaries that produce such implications are the very same ones that protect the baker who declines to write “Homosexuality is a detestable sin”; the print shop owner who declines to make “White Pride” T-shirts; the billboard designer who declines to erect an “Abortion is murder” display, and so on. Free speech includes the freedom to express wrong and even morally repugnant beliefs; it also includes the freedom for the rest of us not to assist with such expression.
Read the full piece here.
At the Detroit Free Press, John explains why the President’s recent Executive Order on religious liberty was a big nothingburger. From the piece:
Here’s why all of this is good news: Religious conservatives have lately been using the mantle of “religious liberty” to advocate for special rights for themselves: legal exemptions that would allow them to discriminate against LGBT people, unwed mothers, and other vulnerable citizens with impunity. . . . Many feared that Thursday’s order would repeat this mistake. Thankfully, it didn’t. In fact, aside from providing a nice photo-op, it didn’t do much of anything.
Read the full article here.
Bakers, florists, and other wedding-service providers sometimes balk at anti-discrimination law, citing the importance of “freedom.” John Corvino explains how such laws protect access and promote inclusion.
John Corvino explains why “Bathroom Bills,” which require people to use the restroom corresponding with the sex on their birth-certificate, are short-sighted, counterproductive, and harmful.
John Corvino explains that respecting people’s convictions doesn’t require sanctioning their discriminatory behavior.
Some people claim that bakers, florists, and even public officials who refuse to serve same-sex weddings are not really discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. But they are, and John Corvino explains why.
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, or RFRAs, can protect religious liberty, but they can also license religious privilege and discrimination. John Corvino explains the problem.
John Corvino explains why First Amendment Defense Acts, or FADAs, betray not only the spirit of the First Amendment but also the United States’ rich legacy of religious liberty.