Empower - The Campaign for Northeastern University


Gay Rights after Gay Marriage



Featuring Panelists:
Roderick L. Ireland, PhD ‘98

Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Adjunct Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Mary Bonauto, L ‘87

            Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Suzanna Walters

            Director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and Professor of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University

Margaret Burnham
            Professor of Law, and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University

Michael Dukakis
            Distinguished Professor of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University, and Former Governor of Massachusetts


Ten years ago this November, with its decision in Goodridge v. Department of Health, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The case set the stage for further legal action across the nation.  In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled in support of a state’s ability to approve same-sex marriages and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Currently, fourteen states and Washington, D.C. allow same-sex couples to marry: nearly one third of the U.S. population - more than 100 million Americans - live in a state where same-sex couples can marry and more state action is on the horizon.

Now we have the opportunity for thoughtful and critical reflection on the implications of these landmark decisions. What forces shaped the court decisions ten years ago and this year? Where are we now on the definitions of marriage and where are we going? Is marriage equality one step or the final step for gay rights in the United States?

This timely panel features three speakers who have been closely involved in matters of gay marriage as a judge, litigator, and commentator, and a moderator with deep involvement in questions of civil and human rights, all of them with close ties to Northeastern. Please join us for this important conversation.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:00pm

Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater
120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA, Boston

Event Type

Panel/Roundtable Discussion


College of Social Sciences and Humanities, CSSH, Student Affairs, Community, School of Law



Sponsoring Organization

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Law, and the Office of Student Affairs

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