“Like everything Andrew Koppelman writes, Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty? instructs, provokes, and scintillates. Koppelman packs his book with ideas and arguments that are like no one else's.”

—JONATHAN RAUCH, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

Andrew Koppelman

Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and Philosophy Department Affiliated Faculty at Northwestern University. He received the Walder Award for Research Excellence from Northwestern, the Hart-Dworkin award in legal philosophy from the Association of American Law Schools, and the Edward S. Corwin Prize from the American Political Science Association. His scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law and political philosophy. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles and seven books, most recently Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty? The Unnecessary Conflict, Oxford University Press, 2020.

About Gay Rights vs Religious Liberty? The Unnecessary Conflict

Conservative Christians and defenders of gay rights can despise one another’s views while respecting one another and sometimes joining as political allies. They can recognize one another’s rights to live according to their principles. Religious toleration means, precisely, that we tolerate theological views that we regard as wrong and repugnant. Those theological disagreements should not be allowed to obscure the areas of agreement. Secular liberalism and conservative Christianity alike condemn lying, cruelty, poverty, oppression, and prejudice. They need to unite against their common enemies. But before they can do that, they need to end this war.

Praise for Andrew Koppelman

“Andrew Koppelman is one of the most thoughtful law-and-religion scholars in America, and this book is an impressive accomplishment.”

—Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame (on Defending American Religious Neturality)

“Andrew Koppelman has magnificently captured the current legal, political and policy-related lay of the land in Washington. His insightful analysis here should be mandatory reading for anyone concerned about the future of health care in America.”

—Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader (on The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform)

“This is the best guide to the philosophical and constitutional questions raised by the culture wars. Koppelman's clarity and insight set a new standard for the debate.”

—Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University (on Antidiscrimination Law and Social Equality)

Featured Articles

Scholarly Articles

Bostock, LGBT Discrimination, and the Subtractive Moves105 Minnesota L. Rev. Headnotes 1 (2020).

How Could Religious Liberty Be a Human Right?, 16 Int. J. Const. Law 985 (2018).

Originalism, Abortion, and the Thirteenth Amendment, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 1917 (2012).

Does Obscenity Cause Moral Harm?, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 1635 (2005).

The Fluidity of Neutrality, 66 Rev. of Politics 633 (2004).

Shorter Pieces

Supreme Court rulings make the world safer for both LGBT people and religious freedom, USA Today, July 21, 2020.

COVID-19, masks and the freedom to drive drunk, The Hill, Nov. 29, 2020.

The Great Awokening and Overlapping Consensus, Public Discourse, Dec.10, 2020.

Nonexistent and Irreplaceable:  Keep the Religion in Religious Freedom, 142 Commonweal, Apr. 10, 2015.

Involving Orcs, review of Lisa Duggan, Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, New Rambler (2019).

Featured Talk

The Unnecessary Conflict Between Gay Rights and Religious Liberty

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