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UI debaters to defend same-sex marriage in debate against British
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa debate team will take up one
of the most contentious social issues of the last few years as it attempts
to defend the concept of same-sex marriages in a debate against the British
National Debate Team Sunday, Sept. 28.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of debates between U.S. and British
teams, a tradition started by former UI professor Albert Craig Baird. The
UI team is named the A. Craig Baird Debate Forum in his honor.
Presenting the case for the UI will be Corey Rayburn, a senior majoring
in political science and philosophy, and Karen Scott, a senior majoring
in political science. Both Rayburn and Scott have been listed among the
top collegiate debaters in the country in recent years. Rayburn was named
the nation's best speaker at the National Collegiate Debate Tournament
last year and Scott has received speaking honors at tournaments at Baylor
University and the University of Northern Iowa.
The UI is only one stop on the British team's debate tour, which also
includes debates at Bates College, Boston College, Cornell University,
Northwestern University, the University of Alabama, and Wake Forest University.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd
Law Building on the west side of the UI campus. It is free and open to