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"Religion and Gay Marriage: Do They Have To Be At Odds?"

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#ToleranceMeans Dialogues, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mar 16, 2017   2:00 - 3:00 pm  
William Eskridge, Jr. (Yale Law School) and Robin Fretwell Wilson (University of Illinois College of Law), and moderated by Mary Crossley (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
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A Dialogue between:

Moderated by:
Professor Mary Crossley
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Watching the news, it may seem that advocates for marriage equality for LGBT individuals and proponents for protections for the religious convictions of people of faith live in different worlds and could never find common ground. But is that necessarily the case? This program features leading national legal experts on gay rights and religious liberty, in dialogue with Pitt students, to consider what tolerance might mean in this context.


Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson is the author of eight books, including Same-Sex Marriage And Religious Liberty (2008, with Douglas Laycock and Anthony Picarello, eds.), The Contested Place Of Religion In Family Law (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed.) (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and Faith, Sexuality, And The Meaning Of Freedom (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds.) (in conversation with Cambridge University Press).

Wilson has worked extensively on state law reform. In 2007, she received the Citizen’s Legislative Award for her work on changing Virginia’s informed consent law. Most recently, she assisted the Utah Legislature to enact the Utah Compromise, balancing LGBT rights with religious liberty protections for traditional marriage. 

Professor William Eskridge’s primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation and gay rights. Together with Professor Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on Legislation. In 1990-95, Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities.

He is the co-author of the book Gay Marriage: For Better Or For Worse? What We Have Learned From The Evidence (Oxford, 2006) (co-authored with Darren Spedale), author of Equality Practice: Civil Unions And The Future Of Gay Rights (Routledge 2002), and is co-editor with Professor Wilson of the book Faith, Sexuality, And The Meaning Of Freedom (in conversation with Cambridge University Press). 

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