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Are college campuses the next battleground in religious freedom-LGBT rights conflict?

Jan 25, 2016 by

The Department of Education’s announcement this week that it will create a list of religiously affiliated schools exempted from federal policies banning sexual and gender identity-based discrimination was seen as a victory for LGBT activists and a harbinger of trouble for religious liberties.

The letter to Senate leaders from Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, comes a month after the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s leading advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, called for such a list, noting that 56 schools have received these exemptions since 2013, even as widespread confusion about what these exemptions mean persists.

“We believe that religious liberty is a bedrock principle of our nation; however, faith should never be used as a guise for discrimination. Prospective students and their families deserve greater transparency,” said HRC president Chad Griffin in a December press release.

Source: Are college campuses the next battleground in religious freedom-LGBT rights conflict? | Deseret News

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