Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson has authored two recent commentaries dealing with religious liberty issues.
One editorial appeared in the Tulsa World and focused on Hobby Lobby Store, Inc. and the company’s decision to challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that employers provide access to birth control. In the commentary, Prof. Wilson examines the costs to employers, and to employees, if companies choose not abide by the ACA’s rules. Hobby Lobby faces a $1.3 millon a day fine for each day it fails to comply with certain provisions of the ACA. But Wilson argues that companies can get around this by simply dropping coverage all together for employees.
The full commentary is available online.
Prof. Wilson also published a guest column in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Il), co-authored with W&L Law graduate Anthony Kreis, now a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. In the piece, Wilson and Kreis argue that the state of Illinois should include even stronger religious protections in a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. They point to laws passed recently in other states that bolstered religious liberty protections while supporting marriage equality.
The full column is available online.
Prof. Wilson is co-editor of the book “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts.”