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Faith & Religion

Photo Courtesy Mackenzie Harris, Faith in Public Life

Religious freedom is a core constitutional protection. NCLR works to protect the religious freedom of all, including LGBTQ people of faith, religious minorities, and nonbelievers, while opposing overly broad religious exemptions that would permit discrimination in the name of religion.


Legislation & Policy

Common Ground Initiative


NCLR partners with the NCAA in the Common Ground Initiative to increase dialogue at conservative religious colleges about how LGBTQ inclusion and respect for religion can operate together to create safer, healthier, and more inclusive environments for student athletes—and by extension for all students.


Cases & Advocacy

Meriwether v. Shawnee State University


Jane Doe filed a Title IX complaint with Shawnee State University after Professor Meriwether refused to use female honorifics and pronouns when referring to Jane in class. When the university placed a discipline letter in his personnel file, Meriwether sued the university claiming that the disciplinary action infringed on his First Amendment right to free speech and free exercise of religion, among other violations of federal and state law.



Press Release

NCLR Relieved by Narrow SCOTUS Ruling in Fulton Allowing Governments to Prohibit Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

June 17, 2021. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia that the City of Philadelphia violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by failing to give Catholic Social Services (CSS) an exemption from the nondiscrimination provision in city contracts, even though the contract authorized exemptions and the City had granted exemptions to other providers.



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