Achieving Equal Marriage Rights for LGBT Couples: Historians’ Contributions

The change being sought takes place in the law. This wouldn't necessarily be the case in every society or nation, but in the United States, marriage is a creature of law.

Lecture Description

This lecture will discuss historians’ contributions—via expert reports and amicus briefs— to the legal campaign for same-sex marriage. Providing full and accurate history of previous legal changes in the institution of marriage was a crucial part of landmark court decisions enabling equal marriage rights. At the same time, any historian in court faces a challenge in conveying historical subtleties. THe lecture will consider both the achievements in this area and the tensions between historical and legal “fact.”

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Constitutional and Legal LGBTQ+

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