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University of Iowa News Release

March 1, 2004

Law School Discussion Series Focuses On Legality Of Same-Sex Marriage

"Constitutional Concepts of Marriage," a two-part discussion series examining law and the ability of same-sex couples to marry, will be Thursday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the University of Iowa College of Law.

Thursday's discussion will focus on state law and the right to marry through the lens of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the recent case in which the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in that state. UI law professor Ann Estin, an expert on family law and choice of law issues, will discuss how that decision affects Iowans. Also on the panel will be Cianan Russell, a representative of the transgender rights group Transitions, and two of the plaintiffs from the Goodridge case.

Also invited to participate is Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage, who was scheduled to appear at the first discussion but was unable to attend because her flight was delayed.

Admission is free to both discussions and the public is invited. The series is sponsored by the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society, two student groups at the UI College of Law.

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