Princeton, N. The public and legislative debate around these bills has focused on LGBT people exercising their rights, and objections to same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, same-sex relationships, and recognizing the gender identity of transgender individuals. As detailed below, however, the exemptions come at a high price. Some individuals will obtain the good or service they sought, but will face additional costs: The purpose of adoption is not to gratify the foster parents but to help the child. To put it in another way, they see gay marriage as the desecration of a sacrament. Recent license-to-discriminate laws break from that tradition.
Proponents of sweeping religious exemptions have typically couched their claims in the language of religious freedom or religious liberty.
They send a signal that the state governments enacting them accept and even embrace the dangerous and harmful notion that discrimination against LGBT people is a legitimate demand of both conscience and religion. The couple are now the parents of a three-year-old, and Leiana is pregnant with their second child. In recent years—and particularly as marriage equality gained ground in state and federal courts—proponents of exemptions have drafted bills and filed lawsuits that would exempt people who say that their religious or moral convictions are irreconcilably at odds with what generally applicable anti-discrimination laws require of them in some circumstances.
Gay Conversion Therapy's Disturbing 19th-Century Origins Ina German psychiatrist electrified the audience at a conference on hypnosis with a bold claim: