“Respect For Marriage Act”: A Live Webinar with Dr. Abdullah Ali and Ismail Royer

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Last week, the Senate passed the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” (RMA), a bill intended to enact the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision recognizing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Congress is expected to pass the bill soon, and President Biden will sign it into law.
What does this law mean for Muslims in America? Will there be any legal risks to Muslim institutions that refuse to recognize same-sex marriages? Join in discussion with Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali of Lamppost Education Initiative and Ismail Royer of the Religious Freedom Institute.

The Lamppost Education Initiative is pleased to present this special webinar on a crucial Congressional bill passed by Congress that may  impact Muslims in America. This live webinar will take place on Monday, December 12th, 2022, at 4 pm EST. In addition, you can participate in a Question and Answer session on our YouTube and Facebook channels. The webinar will also be available for viewing on this webpage. 

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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He  obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
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Ismail Royer

Ismail Royer is Research and Program associate at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. He converted to Islam in 1992 and studied political science at American University. He has studied religious sciences with scholars such as Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idris and Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah,as well as with a student of Sheikh Abdul Qadr al-Arnaout.
From 1993 to 2003, Royer worked in several non-profit Islamic organizations.
In June 2003, Royer was indicted on terrorism-related offenses for assisting the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) and ultimately pleaded guilty to weapons charges related to the violation of United States neutrality laws. Since his release from prison in December 2016, he has worked with nonprofits to promote peace between faiths and undermine religious extremism. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, Journal of Religion and Society, Public Discourse, Detroit Free Press, Al Jumuah, and Muslim Matters.

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