Panel Discussion on Virginia Amendment on Marriage, November 1

The Virginia Constitution: The Proposed Amendment on Marriage and Its Effect on Other Agreements

Wednesday, November 1, 2006  12:00 p.m.

George Mason University School of Law

3301 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA

Room 120

(Virginia Square-GMU Orange Line Metro Stop)

ARLINGTON, VA — On Wednesday, November 1, at 12:00 p.m., the George Mason University School of Law will host a panel discussion to explore the meaning and likely impact of Virginia's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage (Ballot Question #1).   Cato Institute Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies Mark Moller will argue that the measure threatens rights and protections currently offered to unmarried persons under Virginia law.  Nelson Lund, Mason Law Vice Dean and Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, will argue that the amendment should not be interpreted to threaten these rights. Mason Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm will moderate this engaging and thought-provoking scholarly discussion

Ballot Question #1 will go before Virginia voters on November 7. 

All students are encouraged to attend this event, which is free and open to the public.

Mark Moller, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Moller oversees Cato's Supreme Court briefs and is the editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.  He appears regularly on national television and radio outlets such as ABC News, CNN and National Public Radio, commenting on the Supreme Court.  He has signed on to a list of lawyers and scholars concerned about the legal consequences of Virginia's proposed constitutional amendment.

Nelson Lund, Vice Dean and Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, George Mason School of Law

Lund is a constitutional law scholar widely published on issues such as constitutional interpretation, federalism and the Second Amendment.  Prior to joining the Mason Law faculty, he held positions at the Department of Justice and the White House.  Lund, who earned a PhD from Harvard and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, has been a featured legal expert on C-SPAN, National Public Radio and other outlets.

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