Marriage is the bedrock institution of society. It’s also one of the most contentious political issues of our day. For thousands of years, marriage has existed to bring together a man and a woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces. And marriage policy is rooted in the reality that men and women are different and children need a mother and a father.
Now the question of who will define marriage policy – the courts or the people – has reached the Supreme Court. On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage as the union of a man and women.
What’s at stake in the marriage debate? Why does marriage matter for public policy? What would be the consequences of redefining marriage? Ryan T. Anderson, author of an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court on the marriage cases, Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, and Doug Mainwaring, co-founder of National Tea Party Patriots and a gay man against redefining marriage will speak on the legal, policy, and cultural issues at the heart of these cases.
More About the Speakers
Ryan T. Anderson
William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, The Heritage Foundation, and Co-author, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense
Attorney, Alliance Defending Freedom
Co-founder, National Capital Tea Party Patriots
Jennifer A. Marshall
Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow