"Perry & Windsor: The Future of Marriage Equality," a talk by Luke Platzer
10/10/2013, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Chapter of the American Constitution Society and OUTlaw.
Winsor v. United States is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7. Section 3 of DOMI had defined the term “marriage” for all purposes under federal law as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” and the Court affirmed a lower court ruling that Section 3 deprived same-sex couples who were lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Luke Platzer, a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. will discuss his experience drafting the Lambda Legal and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) legal brief submitted in Windsor. He will also discuss the future of marriage equality in the United States.
Platzer is a litigator who focuses on intellectual property and regulatory issues relating to the Internet and other new media platforms, representing clients in the entertainment industry in matters involving the protection of entertainment content, and compliance and copyright issues. He also has significant experience representing clients before the FCC, state regulatory commissions, and the D.C. Circuit, primarily in cases involving telecommunications regulation and new technologies.
A reception will immediately follow the lecture.