Marriage equality discussion in Palm Desert tonight

Standford professor will speak about prospects for gay marriage

POSTED: 06:46 AM PST Mar 01, 2013 
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Stanford political science professor Gary Segura will speak in Palm Desert tonight about prospects for marriage equality as arguments approach in marriage-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Segura will speak at 6 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert. He will address the
political and legal processes relating to two cases -- U.S. v. Windsor and
Hollingsworth v. Perry -- and how the politics of the Supreme Court and the
outside world might interact to shape outcomes.

The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments this month on Windsor and
Perry. The Windsor case deals with the constitutionality of the federal Defense
of Marriage Act, or DOMA, signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.
The law says that marriage in federal law or regulation means a union of a man
and a woman.

The Perry case deals with California's Proposition 8, a ballot measure
passed by voters in 2008 that says only marriage between a man and a woman is
recognized in the state.

Segura served as an expert witness in both the Perry and Windsor case.

The free lecture is sponsored by UCR's Center for Ideas and Society.

Reservations are requested. Contact the campus at (760) 834-0800 or