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August 23, 2017

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For Better or For Worse: Gay Marriage in America
Last Featured: 11/20/2000

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Overview

The Supreme Court in Vermont is now considering whether its state Constitution`s prohibition on sex discrimination requires it to recognize gay marriage. Tune in to hear leading advocates for and against gay rights debate whether federal and state Constitutions ought to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry or otherwise create domestic unions with some of the privileges and responsibilities of marriage. If one state recognizes gay marriage, must other states give ``full faith and credit`` to these unions?


Guests
Evan Wolfson is a Senior Staff Attorney & Marriage Project Director at the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, one of the nation's oldest organizations fighting for the legal rights of lesbians, gay men and people with HIV/AIDS. Wolfson represents the lesbian and gay couples seeking the freedom to marry in Hawaii's landmark Baehr v. Miike, and leads a diverse coalition fighting for equal marriage rights nationwide. In addition, Wolfson has championed military personnel fighting for the right to serve, New York City employees demanding equal health benefits for domestic partners and a gay Eagle Scout challenging his expulsion from the Boy Scouts. Wolfson has published numerous articles on sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS, and civil rights issues, and is a frequent speaker on such topics. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Wolfson is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia School of Law and has also taught at Rutgers University Law School.

Teresa Stanton Collett is a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law where she teaches professional responsibility, legal limits of medical decision making, property, and church/state relations. She is a member of the America Law Institute and is President-Elect of the Association of American Law School's Section on Professional Responsibility. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Law school, Professor Collett is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics including same-sex unions, abortion issues, the role of religion in society and the legal profession, and representation of families. In addition, Ms. Collett is a widely published author having recently completed a book on professional responsibility and an article opposing gay marriage: Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage: Asking for the Impossible? for the Catholic University Law Review.

Closing Quote
"We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights - older than our political parties, older than our school system. Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions."

— From Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479

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