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Watch the free live stream from Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates with arguments for and against: The Equal Protection Clause Does Not Require States To License Same-Sex Marriages.
About the debate:
Traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, has existed for millennia, and until recently, States always adhered to the traditional definition. But does this traditional practice violate the Constitution? The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” And now, the Supreme Court is poised to answer the question of whether this Clause requires States to jettison the traditional definition and license marriages between two people of the same sex.
The best guess is that the Court will decide the question in late June. Can’t wait? Intelligence Squared U.S. and the National Constitution Center will present one of our most timely and provocative debates. Does the Equal Protection Clause require States to license same-sex marriages?
Arguing for the motion:
- John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization for Marriage
- Sherif Girgis, Co-Author, What Is Marriage?
Arguing against the motion:
- Evan Wolfson, Founder & President, Freedom to Marry
- Kenji Yoshino, Professor, NYU Law