IU Law Professor to Discuss Marriage Equality and the Constitution

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013

In observance of the federal Constitution Day, the University of Evansville’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society will host a lecture by a nationally recognized expert on same-sex marriage and the Constitution.

Steve Sanders, associate professor of law at Indiana University Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law, will present “How Marriage Equality is Changing the Constitution” at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19 in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170), Schroeder School of Business Building. His lecture is free and open to the public.

“Americans’ growing acceptance of same-sex relationships is changing our assumptions about marriage, family, and politics. The Supreme Court’s decision this summer striking down the Defense of Marriage Act shows that it is also changing the way we think about the Constitution,” Sanders said. “More than ever, we see the Constitution as a living document whose fundamental guarantees of liberty and equality adapt in each generation.”

“This will be a great opportunity for people on our campus and across the community to hear from an expert on an issue that could not be more timely,” said Robert Dion, chair of UE’s Department of Law, Politics, and Society. “Professor Sanders’ lecture will underscore how our American Constitution and the issues surrounding its interpretation are still relevant to our daily lives.”

Sanders teaches constitutional law and constitutional litigation at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on same-sex marriage, federalism, constitutional liberty and equality issues, and regulation of the family. Before coming to Indiana, he taught at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools.

Sanders formerly practiced law as a member of the Supreme Court and appellate litigation group of Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, and he continues to litigate appellate cases related to marriage, family, and same-sex relationships.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Sanders has written for The Huffington Post, SCOTUSBlog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other print and online media.

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