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August 23, 2017

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Landlords of Faith: Religious Right or Housing Discrimination?
Last Featured: 7/9/2000

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Overview

In a recent Michigan case, prospective tenants sued for discrimination when they were denied housing because they were unmarried. The landlords asserted a religious right to exclude, claiming they should not have to live with people whose lifestyle they consider ``immoral.`` In this edition of Justice Talking, we`ll explore what happens when the right to practice your religion comes in conflict with anti-discrimination laws. What are the implications for housing law, employment law and anti-discrimination laws in education?


Guests
Marci A. Hamilton is the Thomas H. Lee Chair in Public Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where she specializes in First Amendment law, constitutional law, and copyright law. She is an internationally recognized expert on topics on constitutional law, in particular church/state issues and copyright law. Her works in progress include two books, The Reformed Constitution: Representation, Calvinism, and Congressional Responsibility and Copyright and the Constitution. As lead counsel for the City of Boerne, Texas, Professor Hamilton successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act before the United States Supreme Court.

Douglas Laycock is one of the nation's leading authorities on the law of religious liberty. He has published many articles and two books on religious liberty, other issues of constitutional law, and the law of remedies. He has also written Modern American Remedies: Cases and Materials (Little Brown, 2d ed. 1994), and The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule (Oxford University Press 1991), which won the 1991 Scribes Award. His scholarly work has won him election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a frequent witness before legislative committees and a frequent advocate in the appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In the term just completed, he was one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe involving prayer at school football games.

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"The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing...The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails today among us human creatures..."

— Abraham Lincoln

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