Reva Siegel & Douglas NeJaime

Reva Siegel is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University.

Douglas NeJaime is professor of law at UCLA School of Law and faculty director of the Williams Institute. 

Recent Articles

Conscience and the Culture Wars

Conservatives say marriage equality and health-care laws threaten their religious freedom. Should they be exempt?

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This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . These days, conservatives seem to own “conscience.” Consider the current objection to marriage equality. “Some citizens may conclude that they cannot in good conscience participate in a same-sex ceremony, from priests and pastors to bakers and florists,” argues the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson. “The government should not force them to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihood.” Serving same-sex couples, business owners assert, would make them complicit in relationships they deem sinful, and so they claim religious exemptions from state and local antidiscrimination laws. Conscience is also the rallying cry of conservatives opposed to the Affordable Care Act. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores , decided by the Supreme Court in June 2014, employers challenged the ACA’s required coverage of contraception on the grounds...