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Gay Rights as a Free Speech Issue

Posted 04/23/2010
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Paul Siegel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Paul Siegel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

The colloquium on "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century" will continue on Tuesday, April 27, with a program on “Gay Rights as a Free Speech Issue,” featuring Professor of Communication and First Amendment scholar Paul Siegel.

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please call the University box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

After observing why First Amendment arguments have been more successful for gay litigants than the more intuitive equal protection and privacy arguments, Siegel will review decades of relevant case law from the gay rights movement. The talk is guaranteed to inform, infuriate, and amuse, because judges say the darndest things.

Author of the popular textbook Communication Law in America, Siegel is a former board member of the National Gay Task Force and has served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union in Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Connecticut. He also was founding executive director of the ACLU’s Kansas and Western Missouri affiliate.

The "Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium" series is sponsored by the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program and the Office of the Provost. The members of the colloquium planning committee are Jilda Aliotta, Mary Dowst, Marcia Moen, Katie Roy '09, Paul Siegel, and Donn Weinholtz.

Paul Siegel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Paul Siegel in front of the U.S. Supreme Court