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Same-sex marriage: A Constitution Day conversation Sept. 17

September 09, 2015


In June, the U.S. Supreme Court summarized the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in simple terms:

The petitioners, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

The ramifications of holding the right to same-sex marriage constitutionally protected have played out a bit less simply, and discussion about the ramifications of far-reaching ruling continues.

Tulane Law School will mark Constitution Day, Sept. 17, with an examination of the high court’s decision featuring four of the nation’s leading constitutional law scholars. The event, at 2:30 p.m. in Weinmann Hall’s Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110, is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day, which is observed annually across the United States, celebrates the day in 1787 that 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution.

Same-Sex Marriage : The Implications and Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges 


Dean David Meyer, the Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law, is one of the leading U.S. authorities on the intersection of constitutional and family law. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron White in 1992-93. In 2014, he delivered the Bruce C. Hafen Distinguished Lecture on “Family Values in the Age of Autonomy” at BYU Law School. 

Professor Stephen M Griffin, the Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law and holder of a W.R. Irby Chair, specializes in the interplay between law and political science, especially regarding separation of powers.

Professor Catherine Hancock, the Geoffrey C. Bible & Murray H. Bring Professor of Constitutional Law, has expertise in multiple areas, including free speech, law and gender and constitutional criminal procedure.

Professor Saru Matambanadzo, who was the inaugural Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, has expertise on law and sexuality and examines the impact of the Constitution’s equal protection guarantees on race and gender.  

Vice Dean Ron Scalise, the A.D. Freeman Professor of Civil Law and an authority on civil, comparative and private law, will moderate the panel.


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