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March 6, 2009

WEBCAST: “Plebiscites, Proposition 8, and Constitutional Democracy,” a panel discussion

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The California Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case in order to decide the constitutionality of the ballot measure that changed the California constitution to eliminate same-sex marriage. To address the multitude of issues raised by Proposition 8 and the accompanying litigation the Law School hosted a panel discussion, “Plebiscites, Proposition 8, and Constitutional Democracy,” on March 10. The panel discussion was organized and publicized by the Law School student group OUTLaw.

The panel featured UT Law Professor Daniel Rodriguez, who discussed the constitutional background of the same-sex marriage rulings in California and Connecticut, as well as issues raised in the current Proposition 8 litigation. Against this background, Dean Larry Sager discussed questions of plebiscitary democracy and constitutional interpretation at both the state and federal levels. Both panelists considered these questions from the vantage point of constitutional law, democratic decision-making, and judicial intervention.

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Dean Larry Sager

Professor Dan Rodriguez


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