Attorneys general to participate in TU Distinguished Scholar Forum
Douglas Gansler and Joseph Curran will discuss same-sex marriage with university community
TOWSON, Md. (April 23, 2010)—Current Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and former Attorney General Joseph Curran will participate in a public policy forum, “The Right to Same-Sex Marriage,” on Friday, April 30, 7–9 p.m., in the University Union’s Potomac Room. Presented by the Towson University Distinguished Scholar Forum, the event is free and open to the public.
“These two men frame the debate,” says James Roberts, professor of political science. “The statute that declared marriage in Maryland is defined as being between one man and one woman was passed—without opposition or fanfare—when Curran was chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee in 1973.
“Yet just two months ago,” adds Roberts, “Gansler wrote an opinion that the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution requires Maryland to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states."
Joseph Curran, Maryland’s longest serving elected attorney general (1987–2007), serves as TU’s first Distinguished Scholar, for 2009–2010.
TU created the Distinguished Scholars Program to allow individuals from the academic and non-academic worlds to share their expertise and experiences with the university community and general public. The event is sponsored by TU’s Department of Political Science.