Scholars to debate legality of same-sex marriage

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PROVIDENCE — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and Theology Department of Providence College will jointly host a debate between scholars from the University of Notre Dame and Yale University’s law schools on whether homosexual couples can enter into civil marriage.

“Marriage on Trial: Should the Law Limit Marriage to a Union Between a Man and a Woman?” is scheduled for April 13, 4 p.m., in ’64 Hall at the Slavin Center on the Providence College campus, One Cunningham Circle. There is no fee to attend the presentation.

Gerard V. Bradley is a professor at Notre Dame Law School and a noted scholar in the fields of constitutional law as well as law and religion. He has published numerous books and dozens of articles on law and religion, and is a specialist on the question of marriage and same-sex unions.

William N. Eskridge, the John A. Garver professor of Jurisprudence at Yale University School of Law, is a leading expert on the question of marriage and same-sex unions. He has represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their union as a marriage, and has published several books and dozens of articles on the subject, including some cited by the United States Supreme Court.

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