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Questions of Academic Freedom Hit UVA Again

5 June 2014 No Comment

From The Free Lance-Star

In late May, C-Ville Weekly, a Charlottesville alt-weekly news- paper, reported that a University of Virginia law professor has run afoul of gay-rights activists.

Not because he actually opposes gay rights. No, professor Douglas Laycock’s sin lies in his interpretation of laws. According to California activist group GetEQUAL, Laycock’s writings on religious liberty have been used by some groups on the religious right to bolster their arguments on discrimination issues.

According to C-ville Weekly, Laycock — who is the husband of U.Va. president Theresa Sullivan — has argued in favor of a controversial Arizona law (since rejected) that would have let businesses refuse service to someone on the grounds that serving them would violate the business owner’s religion. Gay-rights groups said that law would have let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians. Laycock said it was fair under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, since it applied equally to everyone.

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