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.