"What's the Harm?"
How Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Will Harm Children,
Families, Adults, and Society
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School,
September 15 & 16, 2006
Perhaps the question asked most frequently by advocates of same-sex
marriage is "what's the harm?" BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and
The Catholic University of America's Columbus Law School are
co-sponsoring a symposium on the societal, individual, and
jurisprudential harm of legitimizing same sex marriage. Many Americans
take a live-and-let-live approach to such policies, so it is important
to articulate how developments that might not initially involve most
citizens harm society as well as many individuals. Twenty-four leading
scholars and professionals will participate in this event, including
Scott FitzGibbon, Boston College; Marianne Jennings, ASU; Allan
Carlson,The Howard Center, Peter Wood, King's College; Lynne Marie
Kohm, Regent University; Robert Destro, The Catholic University of
America; Roger Severino, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and
several BYU professors of law, psychology, political science, and
family studies. For more information go to the Marriage and Family Law
Research Project website. The full program is attached.
All Sessions are open to all members of the BYU and JRCLS community.
Pod-casting, streaming audio, and copies of papers may be available at
the M&FLRP website at http://www.law2.byu.edu/marriage_family/ .
8:30 - 10:20 a.m.
WSC Varsity Theatre
Session 1: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms the Stability
and Integrity of the Basic Social
Institution of Marriage
10:30 a.m. - 12:10 a.m.
WSC Varsity Theatre
Session 2: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms Religion,
Morality, and Sexual Responsibility
1:10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Session 3: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms
the Social Interests in the Channeling of Safe
2:05 - 2:55 p.m.
Session 4: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms the Social
Interests in Promoting Responsible
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Session 5: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms the Social
Interest in Fostering Optimal
4:25 - 6:00 p.m.
Session 6: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms the Social
Interest in Protecting Adults,
Especially Wives & Mothers, and Husbands & Fathers, Who Care for Family
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Session 7: How Legalizing Same-sex Marriage Harms the Social
Interest in Fostering Virtue,
Democracy, & Education
Lynn D. Wardle
Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law
J. Reuben Clark Law School, Rm. 518
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Tel. 801-422-2617; Fax -0391