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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2004

Law School Discussion Series Focuses On Legality Of Same-Sex Marriage

A two-part discussion series examining law and the ability of same-sex couples to marry that includes several significant figures in the national debate on the issue will be held during the next two weeks in the UI College of Law.

The first part of the series "Constitutional Concepts of Marriage" will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. It will examine federal law and same-sex marriage. Featured speakers will be William Hohengarten, the attorney who successfully argued for the Supreme Court to overturn laws banning sodomy in last year's Lawrence v. Texas case, and Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage. Professor Bill Buss will moderate the discussion.

Next week's discussion will be Thursday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. It will focus on state law and same-sex marriage. Featured speakers will be Ann Estin, UI professor of law, and two of the plaintiffs from Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the case in which the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that gays have the right to marry.

Admission is free to both discussions and the public is invited. The series is sponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society, two student groups at the UI College of Law.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu