Monday, April 13, 2015

Stone to Lecture on “Sexing the Constitution: Getting to Gay Marriage?”

Geoffrey R. Stone will deliver the University of Chicago’s 2015 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecturer on Sexing the Constitution: Getting to Gay Marriage?  on April 22.  The UC press release reports that “Stone will explore historical attitudes to homosexuality and how laws discriminating against homosexuals first came to be seen as raising possible constitutional questions. Furthermore, he will explain how the nation’s high court, building on a long line of earlier decisions involving such issues as sterilization, contraception, miscegenation, abortion and discrimination against women, has now come to the threshold of recognizing a constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry—a position that would have been unimaginable in the first 200-plus years of American constitutional history.”