April 1 Presentation Will Spotlight Marriage Equality Case

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 23, 2015 - Memphis attorney Maureen T. Holland and local plaintiffs Ijpe DeKoe and Thomas Kostura will discuss "DeBoer v. Snyder: Marriage Equality in the Supreme Court" Wednesday, April 1, at the University of Memphis in the University Center Ballroom C. A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry throughout the United States. Local plaintiffs DeKoe and Kostura, represented by Holland, joined other couples in a consolidated marriage equality case from four states — Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio — that do not recognize same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on April 28 with a decision expected in June.

This presentation is part of the Critical Conversations Series, which is focused on human and civil rights, diversity and inclusion. The presentation is jointly sponsored by the Helen Hardin Honors Program, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change and the following student organizations: Honors Student Council, American Constitution Society, Outlaw and Stonewall Tigers.