“Protections for lawyers’ freedom of speech and free exercise of religion are at risk in Iowa,” said Matt Heffron, a lawyer with the Thomas More Society. “And if lawyers’ rights are at risk, so are the rights of the citizens they defend.
“This is serious.”
The rule would define as “professional misconduct” regarded as “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Thomas More Society warned the rule would lead to severe punishment of Iowa lawyers who speak in favor of “socially conservative positions” such as traditional marriage.
“It is easy to see this rule being used oppressively to silence the opposition,” said Michael McHale, a lawyer with the society.
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