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Finding the rainbow connection

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2012
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The surge in granting equal rights to gays and lesbians in the United States is remarkable. Yet with this surge comes a conflict : the civil rights of gays and lesbians against the rights of religious individuals, predominantly Christians, refusing to tolerate a behavior they think immoral. My thesis focuses on two hypothetical situations : a county clerk refusing to issue a marriage license to an engaged lesbian couple and an inn owner refusing a night's stay to a gay couple. In both cases, the clerk and inn owner refuse service for religious reasons. Normatively, I argue that we must move beyond a framework of toleration to a system of equal respect and understanding of our fellow human beings. Legally, I argue that the rights of religious expression and exercise should not trump the civil rights of gays and lesbians in the public sphere.
Title: Finding the rainbow connection: moving from toleration to human dignity and acceptance in American life and law.
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Name(s): Lange, Alex C.
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
electronic resource
Extent: v, 67 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The surge in granting equal rights to gays and lesbians in the United States is remarkable. Yet with this surge comes a conflict : the civil rights of gays and lesbians against the rights of religious individuals, predominantly Christians, refusing to tolerate a behavior they think immoral. My thesis focuses on two hypothetical situations : a county clerk refusing to issue a marriage license to an engaged lesbian couple and an inn owner refusing a night's stay to a gay couple. In both cases, the clerk and inn owner refuse service for religious reasons. Normatively, I argue that we must move beyond a framework of toleration to a system of equal respect and understanding of our fellow human beings. Legally, I argue that the rights of religious expression and exercise should not trump the civil rights of gays and lesbians in the public sphere.
Identifier: 818783575 (oclc), 3359308 (digitool), FADT3359308 (IID), fau:1436 (fedora)
Note(s): by Alex C. Lange.
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2012.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2012.. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History
Religion and politics -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Gay rights -- United States -- Public opinion
Gays -- United States -- Social conditions
Constitutional law -- Religious aspects
Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States
Sex discrimination -- Law and legislation -- United States
Gays -- Legal status, laws, etc -- United States
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