Friday, January 25, 2008

Gay marriage and the conservative movement

Dale CarpenterDale Carpenter has organized a symposium at the South Texas College of Law dedicated to the question, "Is Gay Marriage Conservative?" The symposium will take place February 15, 2008. Dale describes it as "a first-of-its-kind event, devoted entirely to what has become an intramural debate among conservatives about the issue." The speakers, whom Dale properly characterizes as a "strong group of conservative intellectuals and gay-marriage experts," are:
  • Gerard V. Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
  • Dale Carpenter, University of Minnesota Law School; Visiting Professor, South Texas College of Law
  • Jesse H. Choper, University of California Law School, Berkeley
  • Teresa Stanton Collett, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • David Frum, American Enterprise Institute
  • Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute
  • Robert F. Nagel, University of Colorado Law School
  • Jonathan Rauch, The Brookings Institute
  • John Yoo, University of California Law School, Berkeley
This symposium, as already noted, will ask whether gay marriage is conservative. I'll venture no opinion on this question. For me, it suffices merely to note that gay marriage deserves legal recognition.

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1/26/2008 10:51 AM  
Blogger Dean C. Rowan said...

I was enrolled in a seminar on law and sexuality when Mayor Newsom made his Valentine's Day proclamation a few years ago. I imagine none of the participants will forget the pointed opinion of one of the students at the first session following the announcement. An openly gay male, he was melancholic and bleakly distressed by the giddy celebration of so many of the LGBT community in the area. Why? Because being a proper Foucauldian, he noted the disciplinary tactic of Newsom's move. Once your satisfaction with your sexual and emotional relationships depends on state sanction and control, you've lost a corresponding degree of control. At the time, I'm guessing, he would have answered the symposium's titular query in the affirmative.

1/27/2008 3:11 PM  

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