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Robert Destro

Robert A. Destro, J.D.

Professor of Law

Phone: 202-319-5202

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• International Human Rights
• Freedom of Religion
• Freedom of Speech
• Freedom of Association
• Bioethics
• Marriage Law
• Civil Rights

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • February 18, 2015

    National Catholic Register

    "Destro said the Feb. 9 decision does not necessarily mean the Supreme Court will rule same-sex 'marriage' to be the law of the land, as the high court did in its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. However, Destro noted that same-sex 'marriage' advocates are seeking to influence the high court’s thinking by changing the 'facts on the ground' in states where same-sex couples are already receiving marriage licenses."

  • December 11, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Destro was interviewed about an amendment to the D.C. Human Rights Act and how it affects religious liberty.

  • September 10, 2014

    Catholic News Service

    Church leaders, politicians, laity meet in D.C. on behalf of Mideast Christians

  • September 9, 2014


    Catholic scholar: Obama can't ignore militants' Islamic appeal

  • September 4, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Regulating Abortion Facilities

  • July 31, 2014

    Religion News Service

    Destro was quoted in a story on the challenge to the Hobby Lobby ruling by Satanists.

  • July 14, 2014

    National Catholic Reporter

    Destro was quoted in a story on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case.

  • July 10, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Destro was interviewed on the implications of the White House's promised EDNA executive order on Catholic organizations.

  • July 1, 2014


    Destro published an op-ed on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case.

  • June 30, 2014

    Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio

    Destro was interviewed on regarding the Hobby Lobby decision announced by the Supreme Court on June 30.


  • 2002

    Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society

    Professor Destro writes about the history of law and religion in the United States and examines the statutes and case law governing religious liberty in a variety of settings, including education, the workplace, tax, the courtroom, property, and the corporate boardroom.

A leading authority on civil rights and discrimination
Robert A. Destro is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. From 1983 to 1989 he served as a commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and led the commission's discussions in the areas of discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion.

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