The Supreme Court had an opportunity to rule broadly on the relative precedence of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision but did not do so. As an initial matter, the owner must assert that providing services to the LGBTQ community is not only important as part of my job in couples counseling is to help gay men understand this religious matter but also as a financial matter.
The Supreme Court also has invalidated state religious freedom laws that purport to accommodate religious belief but risk significantly burdening third parties in the process. Two opposing trends underscore the urgency of resolving such conflicts in a principled manner.
In Part II, we explore the reasons behind the increasing rate of conflicts over religious rights in the workplace relating to LGBTQ rights, including the expansion of corporate values and the potential impact of recent Supreme Court and lower court decisions.
Similarly, our religious employer may need to accommodate the competing religious beliefs of its employees. In the future, how will we resolve hypotheticals like those posed in this article? Lupton B. Second, it interpreted Masterpiece Cakeshop as supportive of LGBTQ rights in conflict with religious freedom assertions to the contrary.