LOS ANGELES – David Boies, co-counsel in the landmark case challenging the constitutionality of  California’s Proposition 8, will be featured on a panel on same-sex marriage on February 24, 2011, from 4-5:30 pm, at the UCLA Faculty Center. Boies serves as co-counsel, along with former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, in the landmark case challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition. In August 2010, Judge Vaughn R. Walker, a federal judge in San Francisco, held that Proposition 8, a voter-enacted amendment to the California Constitution that prohibited same-sex couples from marrying, violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.  The case is currently under appeal before the Ninth District of the U.S. Court of Appeals and is expected to eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.        

The panel will also feature Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, and M. V. Lee Badgett, Research Director of the Williams Institute. Both Cott and Badgett were called as expert witnesses in the federal case. The panel will be moderated by Ellen Dubois Professor of History at UCLA.

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Title: Same-Sex Marriage: Past, Present, and Future

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 
Time: 4-5:30 pm

Location: UCLA Faculty Center – California Room

RSVP: Email Robyn Altman at raltman@support.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-4382.

Presented by the UCLA History Department “Why History Matters”   Series and The  Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2011

Media Contact

M.V. Lee Badgett, 310-904-9761, badgett@law.ucla.edu