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How the First Amendment is used by advocates


The First Amendment protects rights essential to democracy. Increasingly courthouses and statehouses are battlegrounds in clashes between advocates for reproductive and LGBTQ rights and social conservatives who want to repeal laws.

Next month at the ACS National Convention, experts will examine how the right has used religion as a tool to block anti-discrimination statutes in advance of two Supreme Court decisions: One case involving a Colorado baker declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple and another challenging a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to provide information on abortions will test exemptions from civil rights laws.

Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society Law Center

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