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Civil Rights Law Journal Symposium October 23

The Civil Rights Law Journal will present a symposium entitled, "Arising Issues in the Marriage Debate" on October 23, 2012, at George Mason University School of Law. The Symposium will take place in Founders Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The Symposium will cover the legal and public policy implications of how marriage is defined by law makers and by the courts. The panel will examine the legal standards that states must meet in order to define marriage as one man and one woman or to change the definition of marriage to include members of the same sex or more than two people. The foundation for this discussion will be an examination of the legal battle over Proposition 8 in California, which is now making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Panelists will discuss the arguments used in the lower courts and in party and amicus briefs and any relevant case precedents. Finally, the panel will discuss how courts are using empirical data that reflects different phenomenon surrounding the change in the definition of marriage.

Speakers will include:

          David Gans, Constitutional Accountability Center, Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program

          Helen Alvaré, George Mason University School of Law, Professor of Law

          Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society

Registration Fees:

           $25 for George Mason University School of Law alumni

           $50 for non-alumni

Approval is pending for 2 Virginia CLE credits.