Deep Dish - In the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Thursday, April 7, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Barbara Atwood
McClelland Park Building, Room 402
In June 2015, a closely divided Supreme Court announced its historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.  The decision established marriage equality throughout the United States but left many related questions unresolved.  For my Deep Dish discussion, I’ll explore some of these questions, including the claim of religious freedom by opponents of same-sex marriage, marriage as a path to legal parenthood for same-sex partners, and the legal status of same-sex couples who remain unmarried by choice.
Barbara Atwood is the Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Co-Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.  A graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, she clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and then worked as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  She taught at the University of Houston Law Center from 1981 to 1986 and returned to Arizona to join the University of Arizona law faculty in 1986.   Barbara’s scholarship explores topics at the intersection of civil procedure and family law, with a particular focus on issues of voice and representation for marginalized groups.  She has spoken at national and international conferences on child representation, the child’s voice, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and private ordering in family law.  Her books include CHILDREN, TRIBES, AND STATES: ADOPTION AND CUSTODY CONFLICTS OVER AMERICAN INDIAN CHILDREN (2010) and A COURTROOM OF HER OWN—THE LIFE AND WORK OF JUDGE MARY ANNE RICHEY (1998).  Barbara has been a Commissioner with the Uniform Law Commission since 2006, and in 2013 she was appointed Judge Pro-Tem for the Tohono O’odham Nation Judicial System.