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Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of DOMA:
Law, Politics, Federalism, and Families

April 7, 2011, 3 - 5 p.m.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana
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This mini-symposium features a lecture on "One State's Challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act" by Maura Healey, Chief, Civil Rights Division, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, followed by a panel discussion among legal and academic experts:

Thomas M. Fisher
Solicitor General, State of Indiana
Dawn Johnsen
Walter W. Foskett Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Brian Powell
Rudy Professor of Sociology, Indiana University College of Arts & Sciences and co-author of Counted Out: Same-sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of the Family
Deborah Widiss
Associate Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Steve Sanders
University of Michigan Law School, moderator

Massachusetts (the first state to legalize same-sex marriage) filed suit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2009. A companion suit was filed by same-sex couples. Last year, a federal judge ruled that DOMA violates the Constitution's 10th Amendment and equal protection guarantee. On Feb. 23, the Obama administration announced it agreed that DOMA was unconstitutional and that it would urge courts to apply more rigorous scrutiny to DOMA and other laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ms. Healy and our panelists will discuss these dramatic legal and political developments, as well as the diverse views of the states on federalism and same-sex marriage, and Americans' changing perceptions of gay/lesbian families.

Webcast Archive

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Indiana attorneys who attend in person may receive Indiana CLE credit free of charge. And we will webcast the lecture here for others. Register, and we will send you a reminder e-mail. We appreciate your interest, and will not use your name or e-mail address for any other purpose.

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Sponsored by the Maurer School of Law and its LGBT Alumni Advisory Board, the College of Arts & Sciences, the IU Office of Affirmative Action, the IU GLBT Alumni Association, the Center on Law, Society & Culture, and OUTlaw.