Conference To Examine Complicated Issues Surrounding Marriage, Same-Sex
27, 2000 -- The
provocative questions swirling around the institution of marriage
as it was, is, and one day may be will be explored in a Nov. 9-10
conference sponsored by the University of Virginias Center
for Children, Families and the Law.
Sociology, psychology and law experts
representing a variety of viewpoints will discuss their recent research
on and innovative efforts to promote both traditional and nontraditional
partnerships. Sessions will run from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov.
9 and from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon on Nov. 10 in the Law School's Caplin
"Marriage is a private union
that has become a political issue. The conference highlights a surprisingly
controversial issue: What is the role of the state in encouraging,
or in some cases, permitting marriage?" asked center director
and U.Va. psychology professor Robert Emery.
On Nov. 10 at 9 a.m., Cornell University
Law School professor Martha Fineman will pose the question "Why
Marriage?" as she delves into the possible ramifications of
abolishing laws that support marriage, as well as the specific consequences
of marriage for women.
Should couples stay together for
the sake of children? At 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9 Pennsylvania State
University professor Paul Amato will speak on the effect of divorce
on children in high-discord versus low-discord marriages.
The controversial topic of same-sex
marriages will be addressed Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. by Stanford Law
School professor Michael Wald as he questions "How Should Same-Sex
Partnerships be Recognized?" He will examine state family laws
and the possible implications of extending legal recognition to
Other distinguished speakers, a roundtable
discussion on "National, State, and Community-Level Strategies
for Strengthening Marriage" and general discussion periods
round out the program.
The public is invited to attend the
conference, which costs $50. U.Va. faculty, staff and students are
admitted free. For information on the conference, contact Kristine
LaLonde at (804) 924-4029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Jessica Tyree, (804) 924-7116