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In the Aftermath of Hobby Lobby - Strategies in the States: A phone briefing for Funders

Organizer(s): Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

October 15, 2014
2:00 PM ET

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights for the first in a series of funder phone briefings on the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, which undercuts a key purpose of the Affordable Care Act: ensuring contraceptive access to all.

Leading law and policy advocates Janet Chung from Legal Voice in Seattle and Jill Gaulding from Gender Justice in Minneapolis will brief foundations on the impact of Hobby Lobby and share strategies advocates are exploring to protect and advance reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality and gender justice in the aftermath of the infamous Hobby Lobby decision.

This conversation is especially important for LGBTQ funders to join: As Tim Sweeney notes:

Wining broad religious exemptions across the country is the singular priority of the religious right. For the purposes of LGBT equality, broad religious exemptions can effectively eviscerate hard-won non-discrimination protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations, as well as protections for kids from bullying in schools and dangerous and fraudulent "therapy" techniques.

In addition, as the LGBT movement is gaining significant traction on the freedom to marry, our opponents are supporting religious exemptions in the law that would allow them to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in a variety of contexts.

The threat is far from being limited to LGBT people. Religious exemptions can and are being used to undermine choice, access to contraception, laws relating to domestic violence and child welfare and to the public education system. The Hobby Lobby decision has exacerbated the problem tremendously. Opponents of LGBT equality are gearing up for broad new exemptions in the 30 states that do not have any religious exemption/freedom statutes and expanding the religious exemptions in the 20 states that have such laws.


This funder briefing will be the first in a two-part series on the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision. The second (date and time to be announced) will address responses by progressive religious organizations and individuals to the notion set forth by the decision, that religious convictions allow individuals and corporations to excuse themselves from otherwise binding obligations.

Please RSVP to narada@fundersnet.org to participate.

Time: 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 11am PT for one hour

This briefing is co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights.

Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector