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Same Sex marriage on trial

Martha Umphrey, Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social ThoughtMartha Merrill Umphrey
Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

May 4, 2011

Recent debates over same-sex marriage have made the issue a political football in election after election, a cultural touchstone for anxieties about the status of the American family, and a signal moment in the history of civil rights litigation in the United States.  In this lecture, Professor Umphrey will review debates – particularly those internal to the gay rights community – about the value and meaning of pursuing the right to same-sex marriage, and will discuss the pros and cons of trials as a forum for public deliberation on the subject.


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