Much has happened legally and culturally in the year since the Supreme Court constitutionalized same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015. While the ruling itself concerned same-sex marriage licenses, it symbolized much more, and continues to have implications for the family, the church, and for religious freedom. Dr. Paul Sullins will comment on the ruling's impact on the family, Mark Tooley will focus on how it is affecting the church, and Travis Weber will review some of its legal implications. Come join FRC and our guests for this important discussion.
Dr. Paul Sullins is Associate Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, where he focuses on family studies. He has a robust and impressive body of work on the topic, and has authored numerous articles, books, reports, and other publications on the family. He attended Wheaton College, Oral Roberts University Seminary, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He also holds a masters degree and Ph.D. in sociology from Catholic University of America.
Mark Tooley is President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, an organization devoted to safeguarding Christian orthodoxy as it impacts and speaks into a number of issues affecting public life. After graduating from Georgetown University, Mark worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for a number of years before joining IRD in 1994. He became the organization's president in 2009. Mark is a lifelong United Methodist, and has fought for adherence to orthodoxy within that denomination, both personally and through his role at IRD.
Travis S. Weber is the Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, where he focuses on all manner of legal and policy issues pertaining to religious freedom. Before joining FRC, Travis worked in private practice, primarily litigating federal civil rights cases. He also handled military-related legal issues and criminal defense matters. Travis holds a J.D. from Regent University School of Law, where he served as the Notes & Comments Editor on Law Review. Travis also graduated with an LL.M. in International Law (with distinction) and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Georgetown University Law Center.