Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Symposium at University of Iowa: "As Iowa Goes, So Goes the Nation: Varnum v. Brien and its Impact on Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples."

02/23/09 Iowa City Press-Citizen:

The 02/26-27/09 symposium will be hosted by the University of Iowa College of Law's Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. "The first day features a viewing of the oral arguments in the case followed by an evening event with keynote speaker Dan Savage. Savage is an award-winning columnist and author and a same-sex marriage advocate ... The second day of the symposium will be more focused on the case's academic issues."

02/12/09 University of Iowa News Release:

"Panelists will examine such issues as Iowa's historical commitment to expanding civil rights, how state and federal laws affect the issue, and the use of social science and history in marriage rights litigation.

"Among those participating in the symposium will be:

--Jean Love, a former UI law professor, and Pat Cain, former UI law professor and UI provost, both now teaching at the Santa Clara University School of Law.

--United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Batallion of Omaha, who held in 2005 that an amendment to the Nebraska state constitution banning same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. [Citizens for Equal Protection, Inc. v. Bruning, 368 F. Supp. 2d 980 (D. Neb. 2005), rev'd 455 F.3d 859 (8th Cir. 2006)]

--Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel, Alliance Defense Fund."

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