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NewsSame-Sex Benefits: Are Laws Based on Religion Constitutionally Legitimate?

Marlboro, VT (Feb. 19, 2007) –In the United States, the federal government is constitutionally forbidden to “establish” religion. However, if law makers exclude same-sex couples from the benefits of marriage based on religious rationale, do they thereby “establish” religion in violation of the Constitution?

Emory University’s Michael Perry addresses this and other issues during a lecture about the influence of religion on lawmaking in Marlboro College’s Ragle Hall on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 pm.

Perry is the Robert Woodruff chair at Emory.  He specializes in American constitutional law, as well as law’s connection to religion and morality. He previously taught at Northwestern and Wake Forest universities. 

Perry is the author of nine books, including Love and Power: The Role of Religion and Morality in American Politics and Toward a Theory of Human Rights:  Religion, Law, Courts.

Perry’s talk is sponsored by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Thomas Thompson Trust, the Vermont Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathy Reynolds in the Public Affairs office at (802) 251-7644

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