"Same Sex Marriage in the United States: Where We Are as a Nation," Subject of Panel Discussion, February 17
Audience:Open to the Public
The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled, "Same Sex Marriage in the United States: Where We Are as a Nation," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The discussion, which will provide political, legal and cultural perspectives, will feature Sean Eldridge, Political Director for Freedom to Marry; Suzanne Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School; and Father Joseph Palacios, sociologist and adjunct professor at Georgetown University and founder of Catholics United for Marriage Equality. Henrik Hartog, the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton, will moderate the discussion.
As Political Director of Freedom to Marry, Eldridge oversees communications, development, and federal initiatives for the organization. As spokesperson he has made the case for marriage in numerous media outlets, including Fox News, ABC, and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining Freedom to Marry, Sean served as a youth organizer for Barack Obama's presidential campaign and was one of the principal architects of the campaign's national student movement. He previously worked for companies in Cambridge and Silicon Valley and served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of GLBT Youth in Massachusetts and the Board of Community Relations for the city of Toledo, Ohio.
Suzanne Goldberg joined the Columbia faculty in fall 2006. She currently directs Columbia's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and teaches Civil Procedure, Lawyering, Social Change, and the Movement for Women's and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights. Prior joining the Columbia law faculty she ran the Women’s Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School and served as a senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense. Goldberg was co-counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court civil rights cases Lawrence v. Texas and Romer v. Evans. She co-authored Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial.
Father Joseph Palacios founded Catholics for Equality in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered family, parish and community members. He is the author of The Catholic Social Imagination: Activism and the Just Society in Mexico and the United States (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and numerous articles on faith-based organizing, religion and political culture, and community-based learning and research.
Henrik Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University. A leading expert on the history of marriage, Dr. Hartog is the author of Man and Wife in America: a History.
This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Gender and Policy Network, the Program in the Study of Women and Gender, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center, and WWAC Student Initiated Projects. It is free and open to the public. To receive notification about all our events, please sign up for our events e-newsletter.