the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series


 2017 Calendar

 Feb 8:

Michael Nacht: International Nuclear Weapons Policy

 Jan 26:

Jennifer Musto: Trafficking & Technology



 2016 Calendar

 Dec 8:

France Cordova (NSF Director): Science Policy

 Oct 21:

Jonathan Katz: Voter ID Laws

 Oct 12:

Andy Wilson: Minimum Wage Panel

 May 23:

Miles Corwin: (Author: And Still We Rise)

 Apr 25:

Morgan Kousser: Supreme Court & the 2016 Election

 Jan 20:

David Baltimore: Genetic Engineering

 Jan 10:

Kathleen A. Doherty & Michael R. Nelson



 2015 Calendar

 Nov 17:USC Professor: David Cruz
 Oct 27:Space Entrepreneurship Panel
 Oct 19:Congressman Seth Moulton
 Oct 13:

Dean Joseph Shepherd

 Aug 18:Dr. Scott Pace
 May 18:

Pres. Reagan Science Advisor: Dr. Bill Graham

 Apr 7:

Lunch Series: Prof. David Goodstein

 Feb 26:

Former Black Panther: Hank Jones

 Feb 24:

Lunch Series: Prof. Pietro Perona

 Feb 23:

Civil Liberties Protection Officer: Alex Joel

 Jan 27:Journalist Betty Medsger
 Jan 7:

Ebola Crisis: Dr. Wendy Kohlhase

 


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David Cruz

Civil Rights, Civic Equality, and Religious Liberty

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11:45PM to 1:30PM
Beckman Institute Auditorium (See map)

The recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extended the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples, citing the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision was met with opposition from conservative religious groups and individuals such as Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. Claiming that the Supreme Court decision infringed on her First Amendment rights to freedom of religious expression, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Similar arguments against gay marriage have been made by many others, most notably conservative Christians running for President of the United States.

Join us for a lunch discussion with David Cruz, Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law. He will provide context on how civil liberties, civic equality, and religious liberty are protected by the Constitution of the United States, with a specific focus on same-sex marriage. As election season kicks off, it is important to gain a correct understanding of the laws behind topics that are certain to be raised by both parties.



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