Many conservative and Christian organization have reported concerns about the nomination of Chai Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University to serve as one of five Commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

But CMR has uncovered some explosive writings by Feldblum which portray how out of the mainstream she actually is.


I, for one, am not sure whether marriage is a normatively good institution. I have moved away from the belief that marriage is clearly the best normative way to structure intimate relationships, such that government should be actively supporting this social arrangement above all others.

She says that while marriage might be good for “most” people she insists that unless we acknowledge a “wide array” of other arrangements then marriage itself is harmful. As Catholic News Agency reported Feldblum signed a manifesto which praised polygamy.

Feldblum’s writings raise other concerns in that she also wrote in that same piece that “The morality to be advanced by the state is thus the morality of pluralism—that is, the explicitly non-judgmental moral values of equality, freedom, and choice.”

But what of cases where pluralistic rights collide in cases such as religious organizations don’t wish to hire active homosexuals because it conflicts with their faith, Feldblum comes down strongly against the religious minded organization and defends rulings where religious rights and gay rights collide. In her “Moral Conflict and Liberty: Gay Rights and Religion” she writes:

But, obviously, such a law does not require individuals subject to the law to change their beliefs. An employer who is required to hire a gay person or a hotel owner who is required to rent to a gay couple may continue to believe whatever he or she
wishes about the immorality or sinfulness of homosexuality.

So, in short, you can believe what you want but you’re not allowed to act on it in the real world.

She ironically points out that homosexuals have been told for years that they’re allowed to be gay but simply shouldn’t act on it. Feldblum, with her point of view, is essentially telling Christians that you can be Christian. You just can’t act like one.