Law school to host symposium on Defense of Marriage Act

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Indiana University Maurer School of Law will host a mini-symposium on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act to discuss lawsuits and controversies surrounding the issue.

The April 7 symposium will feature Maura Healey, chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, who will give the lecture “One State’s Challenge to DOMA.” Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against DOMA in 2009. It was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. In 2010, a federal judge ruled that DOMA violates the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and equal protection guarantee. The suit is pending before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

A panel will follow the lecture comprised of Thomas M. Fisher, solicitor general, State of Indiana; Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor, IU Maurer School of Law; Brian Powell, Rudy Professor of Sociology, IU College of Arts and Sciences; and Deborah Widiss, associate professor at the law school.

Steve Sanders, a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, will moderate the panel discussion. Topics will include the lawsuits challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and controversies over whether the government should continuing defending the act.

The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Bloomington law school and is free to the public. Video of the event will be streamed live. Indiana attorneys who attend in person may receive CLE credit free of charge. For more information, visit the law school’s website.


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