Policy Forum

May 17: The Day Gay Marriage Began?

May 17, 2004 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Jonathan Rauch, Author, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America (Henry Holt, 2004); Michael S. Greve, Director, Federalism Project, American Enterprise Institute; and Genevieve Wood, Vice President for Communications, Family Research Council.

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On Monday, May 17, city clerks in Massachusetts will begin granting marriage licenses to same‐​sex couples, by order of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Will gay marriage be good for gays and good for the country? Will other states sanction marriage, by emulation or by judicial decision? Did the Massachusetts court overstep its authority? Should the U.S. Constitution be amended to ban gay marriage in all 50 states? Join us for a discussion of these timely questions.