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Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Frankel debate takes marriage equality head-on


The Houston Law Center is hosting the 19th annual Frankel Lecture Series on Oct. 31. The series will present “Marriage Equality as a Testing Ground for Original Meaning,” and it will be filled with discussion from lawyers who are knowledgeable on the marriage equality debate and on how to work with clients caught in the changing laws.

“Each year, the Law Review tries to choose topics that are hot topics, and marriage equality is a huge deal this year,” said symposium editor Rebecca Rosen-Sheff. “Because the laws are in flux across the states, it’s something people really want to hear about.”

The lecture will be led by selected professors from across the country. Three speakers are given the topic, and each one writes their own perspective to present to audience members.

“There is so much going on in the legal field about marriage equality,” Sheff said. “There will probably be a lot of discussion of the constitution and how it can be interpreted when discussing the why members of the LGBT community have the right to marry.”

While the lecture will center around discussion for lawyers and how to work with clients involved in the marriage equality debate, Sheff said that it’s important for all citizens to be informed about LGBT rights.

“It’s important for everyone to learn what’s happening all over our country,” said Sheff. “The scholars discuss how laws that are created can affect you, your future and your rights.”

Sheff went on to explain that the decisions made in the United States regarding marriage equality can affect others as well.

“Even if the laws don’t directly affect you, they can affect the lives of your family members or friends and their future and rights.”

After the lecture, articles written by the Keynote Speaker and Commentators will be published in the Houston Law Review. The free lecture, which includes a continental breakfast, will start at 8:30 a.m. All attendees must RSVP by emailing [email protected]

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