LoHud.com: “Minor party has too much to pull”

Pace Law professor writes an opinion article in the Journal News online (LoHud.com) about the politics of same-sex marriage.

Pace Law professor writes an opinion article in the Journal News online (LoHud.com) about the politics of same-sex marriage.

From LoHud.com:

Courage is not a quality that we usually associate with politics, or politicians. Compromise, deal-making, arm-twisting, quid pro quos, are most often the ingredients of lawmaking. So we should not be surprised that despite popular support for legalizing gay marriage, and despite the strenuous advocacy by the governor, the mayor, and other leading figures, a small and marginal political party, with a leader wielding outsized influence, will be the decider in this momentous battle.

Read the full opinion article here.

Same Sex Marriage Debate at Pace Law

Pace Law is bringing together two diametrically opposed experts – David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, and Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry – to debate the issue of same sex marriage at public event.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Regina Pappalardo, 914.422.4268, rpappalardo@law.pace.edu
Frank Lentini, 212-481-7000, frankl@mbooth.com

SHOULD STATE LEGISLATURES APPROVE SAME SEX MARRIAGE?
Pace Law’s Public Policy Lecture Series Brings Together Opposing Experts to Debate the Issue

Pace Law is bringing together two diametrically opposed experts – David Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, and Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry – to debate the issue of same sex marriage at public event.

Who: Speakers:
David Blankenhorn
Founder and president of the Institute for American Values
Evan Wolfson
Executive Director of Freedom to Marry

Moderated by:
Stephen J. Friedman
Dean, Pace Law School

When/Where:
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2007
NYS Judicial Institute Lecture Hall
Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, New York
FREE to the public

RSVP by calling (914) 422-4123. Reserved seating is available by request when you register.

For directions and more information, please visit: http://www.law.pace.edu/News/ppls/200703.html

Massachusetts has legalized gay marriages and civil unions are becoming more prevalent including recent legislative action in New Jersey and Vermont. Meanwhile, states like North Carolina are passing laws defining “marriage” only as a union between a man and a woman. We are at the tipping point in an extremely polarized battle that cuts to the heart of the meaning of marriage and family in America.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., twenty miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the JD program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LLM and SJD degrees in Environmental Law and an LLM in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice, and disability rights. www.law.pace.edu.