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Nov. 9-10 Event At U.Va. Will Examine Role Of States In Supporting Marriages And Same-Sex Partnerships

November 2, 2000 -- More than 100 people are expected at a Nov. 9-10 conference at the University of Virginia that will examine some of the complicated issues surrounding marriage and same-sex partnerships. All sessions of the conference, sponsored by U.Va.’s Center for Children, Families and the Law, will be in the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion.

Sociology, psychology and law experts who hold a range of opinions on marriage will describe efforts to promote both traditional families 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 noon on Nov. 10.

Key presentations will include:

    • Nov. 9, 10:45 a.m., Pennsylvania State University professor Paul Amato will address the often-asked question: Should couples stay together for the sake of children?
    • Nov. 10, 9 a.m., Cornell University law 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.

    • Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Stanford law professor Michael Wald will examine the controversial topic, "How Should Same-Sex Partnerships be Recognized?"

The public is invited to attend the conference. A registration fee of $50 is payable at the door. U.Va. faculty, staff and students are admitted free. For information on the conference, contact Kristine LaLonde at (804) 924-4029 or lalonde@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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