Marriage Equality in Maine: Lessons Learned, Future Directions

Marriage Equality in Maine: Lessons Learned, Future Directions

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“Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”
New York, Nov. 3, 2009Maine voters are answering this question today at the polls, by voting on a proposition to repeal legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry. This ballot proposition has been the focus of a contentious campaign over the past several months. The National Organization for Marriage, which has been attempting to overturn Maine’s same-sex marriage law, has given more than half of the $2.6 million raised for the repeal effort.
The day after the election, leading experts from Columbia Law School and Columbia University will discuss and offer analysis of the election results in an event called “Marriage Equality in Maine: Lessons Learned, Future Directions.”

When:   Wednesday, November 4th, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Katherine Franke, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law
Nate Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
James Tierney, Director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia  Law School and former Maine Attorney General
Jeffrey Lax, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and co-author of GayRights in the States: Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness

Where:  Columbia Law School, Room 107, Jerome Green Hall        

NOTE: Streaming video of the event will be available starting Wednesday evening at approximately 7:00 p.m. (EST). Members of the media can obtain details and/or arrange a phone interview with an expert by contacting Nancy Goldfarb at
[email protected].edu
or 646-413-1328.
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