Panel to Discuss Whether There’s a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Panel to Discuss Whether There?s a Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage

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New York, Sept. 2, 2010—When California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge last month, it was the latest salvo in a roiling debate over how marriage is defined.
The implications of that ruling, which has been stayed until at least the end of the year by an appeals court, will be the topic of a panel discussion Sept. 13 at Columbia Law School, sponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society.
The panel, to be moderated by Professor Trevor W. Morrison, will discuss whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Arguing in favor of Proposition 8 will be Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Dr. John Eastman, former Dean of the Chapman University School of Law.
Professor Richard Epstein of New York University School of Law, and Matthew McGill, a lawyer from Gibson Dunn who participated in the Proposition 8 litigation, will speak in opposition.
The discussion starts Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of Jerome Greene Hall, 435 West 116th St.
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