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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage and Utah's recent passage of anti-discrimination protections for people of faith, religious freedom may be a hotter topic than ever.
And it will be the subject of a conference next week at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University.
The 2105 Religious Freedom Annual Review, sponsored by the Provo school's International Center for Law and Religion Studies, is scheduled for July 6 through 8 with the theme "Fairness for All."
Some of the topics on tap:
• Legal trends in the U.S. that impact religious liberty.
• The outlook for legislation affecting religious freedom.
• Civility in religious-freedom advocacy.
• Religious-freedom implications of the high court's decision on same-sex marriage.
Speakers, according to a news release, will include Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, state Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, University of Illinois family-law expert Robin Fretwell Wilson, who helped craft Utah's landmark nondiscrimination statute balancing LGBT rights and religious safeguards, and attorney Gene Schaerr, who defended the Beehive State's now-overturned ban on same-sex marriage.
Admission for the general public is $99 for the full conference and $39 for one day. Go here for more information about costs and registration.