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Panelists Examine Court Rulings on Same-sex Marriage

September 06, 2013

“The issue of same-sex marriage has been a controversial issue for some time. The issue attracts different political and religious perspectives and has been debated extensively at the state and local levels.” — Kristin Olbertson

A pair of guest speakers will present their perspectives on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage during a panel discussion at Alma College.

“Same-sex Marriage and the Constitution: Exploring the Issues” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Swanson Academic Center Room 113.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event is part of Alma College’s annual Constitution Day programming.

“The issue of same-sex marriage has been a controversial issue for some time,” says Kristin Olbertson, associate professor of history and advisor for Alma’s pre-law program. “The issue attracts different political and religious perspectives and has been debated extensively at the state and local levels. At the federal level, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

“This past summer was the first time the U.S. Supreme Court considered the issue of same-sex marriage with two major rulings in two separate cases,” she says. “People are still sorting out what these decisions mean for the residents of Michigan. The rulings have potential to impact people in several different areas, including immigration, insurance and employee benefits, and child custody and adoption.”

The panelists include Emily Dievendorf, managing director of Equality Michigan, a leading civil rights advocacy organization, and Professor Margo Schlanger, who teaches civil rights at the University of Michigan Law School.

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