The United States Supreme Court is poised to make a landmark decision regarding the right of gays and lesbians to marry in the United States. In less than a week, two major cases—California’s Prop 8 law and the Defense of Marriage Act—will be presented to the Court at a time when support for equal rights is at an all-time high, as 58 percent of Americans are in favor of equal rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Dr. John Noakes, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning, placed the debate in both a legal and personal context with Hon. Christopher Cerski, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Dr. Steven Hooker, Assistant Professor of Education, during a recent Faculty Expert Series discussion.
Through the lens of his legal expertise, Hon. Cerski explained how the Court proceedings would function and what is at stake. On a more personal level, Garcia and Hooker spoke about what the Court’s decisions would mean for their lives.