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Kahn 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
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.
Jennifer Levi
Levi, 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.

Read more on the Kahn Institute’s “Marriage and Divorce” project.

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