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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 5, 2014

Attorney James Esseks, director of the LBGT and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak at Vanderbilt University on Feb. 11 at noon in Flynn Auditorium in the law school. Esseks played a pivotal role in the Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling (United State v. Windsor) striking down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In his talk, “The Road to Windsor: Marriage and the Broader Struggle for LGBT Rights,” Esseks -- who represented Edie Windsor -- will discuss the case, as well as the ACLU’s plan for achieving the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide, and where marriage fits into the larger agenda of LGBT rights, including employment discrimination, parenting rights, transgender equality and school bullying. The event is free and open to the public.