Panel to Examine Same-Sex Marriage
As part of an
exploration of matrimony during its yearlong project “Marriage and Divorce,” the
Kahn Liberal Arts Institute this week will examine legal
issues surrounding unions and dissolutions between people
of the same sex.
A panel discussion, “Coming Out, Coming Together and
Coming Apart,” on Thursday, March 8, will bring together
two experts on marital law. The panel, at 7 p.m. in Earle
Recital Hall, Sage, is free and open to the public.
Jennifer Levi, of the Western New England College School
of Law, will discuss same-sex marriage and divorce with M.V.
Lee Badgett, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
and the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and
Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law.
M. V. Lee Badgett
in addition to directing the Williams Institute on Sexual
Orientation Law and Public Policy, is a visiting professor
at UCLA Law School. An associate
professor of economics at the UMass, Amherst, she is also
on the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration.
Her book Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives
of Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press)
presents her ground-breaking work on sexual orientation
discrimination and family policy. She is currently writing
a book that asks whether same-sex marriage will change
marriage or change gay and bisexual people, drawing on
the U.S. and European experiences with same-sex marriage.
an associate professor of law at Western New England College School of Law,
has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of women, children, the
poor, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gendered people. Most recently,
Levi was senior staff attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in
Boston. Prior to that, she was a visiting professor at Chicago-Kent College of
Law in Chicago, worked as an associate attorney for two Chicago law firms, and
clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.