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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2004

Legal Scholar To Speak On Gay Marriage As Constitutional Right April 2

Evan Gerstmann, an associate professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, will speak on "Beyond Gay Rights: Marriage as a Constitutional Right for All," at 4 p.m. Friday, April 2, in Room W151, Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Gerstmann teaches courses on the American judiciary and constitutional law and has published two books on the constitutional status of gays and lesbians, one of which, "Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution," (Cambridge University Press 2003) is the basis for his public lecture. His first book on the topic was "The Constitutional Underclass: Gays, Lesbians, and the Failure of Class-Based Equal Protection," (University of Chicago Press 1999.) He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

The talk is sponsored by the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Semester on "Sex, Economics, Politics: Sexuality as a Social Phenomenon." Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Obermann Center in advance at 319-335-4034.

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