Stephen Wasby, Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Albany
September 17, 2015
Observed annually on Sept. 17, Constitution Day commemorates the signing in 1787; to mark the significance of this act each year, UMass Lowell presents a Constitution Day program for the campus and community that examines the document’s development and influence. As the national debate continues over whether Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis can refuse to authorize same-sex marriage licenses, UMass Lowell will present a program to examine the effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of marriage equality. Stephen Wasby, a nationally acclaimed author and expert on the First Amendment and civil liberties, will discuss the federal changes and other ramifications triggered by the decision. He’ll also talk about how other court rulings from the 2015 spring term share similar themes.