Tables Turned on Same-Sex Marriage Foe

Fordham Law School in Crain's New York, March 28, 2012

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At a Brigham Young University debate in 1998, BYU's Lynn Wardle argued against same-sex marriage: “Where is the evidence that [same-sex] relationships are anywhere comparable in their contribution to society as heterosexual relationships?” the law professor said before an audience of fellow gay-marriage opponents. Now the shoe is on the other foot: Wardle will be at a Fordham Law School symposium Friday to argue for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union of man and woman. New York last year became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, who voted for DOMA in 1996, called in 2009 for its repeal.