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W&L Law School Student Groups Set Gay Marriage Debate

Outlaw and the Federalist Society, two Washington and Lee University School of Law student groups, will sponsor a public debate, presenting the conservative cases for and against gay marriage on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The debate is free and open to the public.

Andrew Sullivan, a nationally renowned journalist and author, will argue in favor of same-sex marriage. Also a political commentator, editor and blogger, he is a former editor of The New Republic and the author of five books. He is perhaps best known for his blog, The Dish, which focuses on political issues, paying particular attention to gay rights.

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former president of the National Organization for Marriage, will speak for the opposing side. Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of three books on marriage. She has also appeared frequently on national media. The Washington Post has called the National Organization for Marriage the “preeminent” national organization fighting to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife.

In addition to Outlaw and the Federalist Society, the following groups and departments at W&L are co-sponsoring the debate:  history department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, vice president of Student Affairs, Contact Committee, Student Health and Counseling Team, office of the president, politics office, law dean’s office and the American Constitution Society.

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