The Constitution and the Future of Marriage

Stephen J. Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values

Thu, 05/03/2012
4:30 PM, Friend Center, Room 101
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How ought citizens who are concerned with the full range of constitutional values in the US regard marriage and its future?  What do basic constitutional principles -- such as liberty and the equal protection of the laws – require: extension of equal marriage rights to same sex couples?  To freely chosen plural marriages?  Is there a constitutional ideal of marriage?

Please join us on Thursday, May 3 for the 11th Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism, presented by Stephen Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.

Stephen J. Macedo writes and teaches on political theory, ethics, public policy, and law, especially on topics related to liberalism, democracy and citizenship, diversity and civic education, religion and politics, and the family and sexuality. His current research concerns immigration and social justice, constitutional democracy in the US, and democracy and international institutions. From 2001-2009, he was Director of the University Center for Human Values. As founding director of Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (1999-2001), he chaired the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction, helped formulate the Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction, and edited Universal Jurisdiction: International Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law ( U. of Pennsylvania, 2004). As vice president of the American Political Science Association he was first chair of its standing committee on Civic Education and Engagement and principal co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings, 2005). His other books include Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (Harvard U. Press, 2000); andLiberal Virtues: Citizenship, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism(Oxford U. Press, 1990). He is co-author and co-editor of American Constitutional Interpretation, with W. F. Murphy, J. E. Fleming, and S. A. Barber (Foundation Press, fourth edition 2008.

This event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Bouton Law Lecture Fund and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.