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Hobby Lobby's legacy: Why religious leaders are looking to the recent ruling for help

President Obama is set to file a new executive order that protects federal employees from gender-identity discrimination. Faith leaders recently sent him a letter asking for religious exemption.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014
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The Hobby Lobby case has been decided. That much is true.

But aftershocks of the Supreme Court decision are still coming through in waves. And now with an executive order that protects federal employees from gender-identity discrimination set to be filed by President Barack Obama, faith leaders are looking at the Hobby Lobby case for help.

On Wednesday, The Atlantic’s Molly Ball wrote a piece that explains how faith leaders are looking to get a religious exemption from the executive order.

"We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need," wrote the 14 leaders.

In the letter, the faith leaders write that they aren’t opposed to anti-discrimination orders. Rather, they’re looking to better serve their community members, who identify by their religion and beliefs.

“We believe that all persons are created in the divine image of the creator, and are worthy of respect and love, without exception,” the letter said. “Even so, it still may not be possible for all sides to reach a consensus on every issue. That is why we are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need.”



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