Wednesday, August 2, 2006

BYU and Catholic University Law Schools Sponsor Conference on Same Sex Marriage

Brigham Young University Law School and The Catholic University of America's law school are co-sponsoring a symposium addressing "What's the Harm? How Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Harms Children, Families, Marriage and Society" September 15-16, 2006 at Brigham Young Law School. The political and social debate over the legalization of same sex marriage too frequently devolves to acrimonious and unsupported argument. In the debate over possible benefits of same-sex marriage, the potential harms are often overlooked if not considered "inappropriate" to discuss.  "What's the harm?" is one of the most common rhetorical reasons given for supporting same-sex marriage. Presentations will be made by national scholars and professionals on the societal, individual, familial, and jurisprudential harm of legitimizing same sex marriage.  For more information contact: Andrew Platt mflrp@lawgate.byu.edu or check out the conference website.

The topics and presenters include:

Session 1: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage May Harm the Stability and Integrity of the Basic Social Institution of Marriage

Prof. Daniel Cere- McGill University
Prof. Matthew Holland- Brigham Young University               
Dr. Allan Carlson- The Howard Center                                 

Session 2: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harm the Social Interests
in Channeling Safe Sex and Responsible Procreation

Prof. Scott FitzGibbon- Boston College
John Diggs, MD
Prof. Lynn D. Wardle- Brigham Young University
Prof. Richard N. Williams- Brigham Young University
Prof. Ed Gantt- Brigham Young University

Session 3: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage May Harm the Social Interest in Fostering Optimal Childrearing and Healthy Human Development

Dr. Brenda Destro- Association of Adoption Professionals
Dr. Lili and Chris Anderson
Dr. Dean Byrd- Thrasher Research Fund
Mr. Louis DeSerres- Preserve Marriage

Session 4: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage May Harm the Social
Interest in Protecting Persons Who Care and Provide for Dependent Family Members

Dr. Peter Wood- The King's College 
Prof. Lynne Marie Kohm- Regent University                        
Adj. Prof. Camille Williams- Brigham Young University
Prof. David Dollahite- Brigham Young University

Session 5: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage May Harm the Social Interest in Fostering Virtue, Democracy, Safe Education & Religious liberty

p>Prof. Seana Sugrue- Ave Maria University
Prof. Marianne Jennings- Arizona State University
Prof. Charles Russo- University of Dayton
Prof. Robert Destro- Catholic University of America School of Law

Session 6: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage May Harm the Social Interests in Preserving the Constitutional Foundation and Social Order

Prof. Charles Reid- University of St. Thomas
Prof. Bryce Christensen- Southern Utah University
M. Stud. & former Prof. Monte Stewart- Marriage Law Foundation

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