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Monday, June 30, 2014

Professor Leslie Griffin Featured on KNPR

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

On June 26, she was featured on the KNPR segment Court Strikes Utah Same-Sex Ban.

"The 10th Circuit said that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and it's the first court of appeals to do so. That's part of what makes it so important and why people are paying so much attention to it. The court gave a very strong opinion saying that there is a fundamental right to marry, and that fundamental right to marry protects both the people who want to get married in Utah as well as the couple in the case who had gotten married in Iowa and want to live in Utah," she said during the segment. "We know that the 9th Circuit will eventually make a ruling on same-sex marriage, and I think people would have thought that the 9th Circuit was the most likely to come out first for same-sex marriage. So it's a big signal that the first appeals court to reach this has said that there's a fundamental right to marry that includes the right to same-sex marriage."

Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion.