The Long Road to Marriage Equality: 1970-2012 and Beyond - BU Law's Annual Distinguished Lecture featuring William N. Eskridge, Jr.
- 12:45 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012
- 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012
- BU Law, Barristers Hall, Ground Floor
“The Long Road to Marriage Equality: 1970-2012 and Beyond” The Annual Distinguished Lecture featuring William N. Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. He is a preeminent scholar in statutory interpretation and co-author of several books in that field, including the co-authored Dynamic Statutory Interpretation. He has also written field-establishing scholarship articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities. Such work includes the Sexuality, Gender, and Law casebook (co-authored); Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Law in America, 1861-2003; several influential books about the same-sex marriage controversy, including The Case for Same-Sex Marriage; the co-authored Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse?; and Equality Practice: Civil Unions and the Future of Gay Rights; as well as numerous law review articles. From 1990-1995, Professor Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. The historical materials in his book Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court's (and the dissenting opinion's) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws. Professor Eskridge received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his master’s in history from Harvard, and his J.D. from Yale.