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Same-Sex Marriage Debate Comes to Pomona College

Will allowing gays to wed revive and strengthen the institution of marriage? Or will same-sex marriage undermine matrimony and erode traditional family values, damaging society in the process?

Come hear a lively and informed debate on same-sex marriage by journalists and authors Jonathan Rauch and Maggie Gallagher at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, in Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), Pomona College. The debate is open to the public and is free to anyone with a student ID card (Claremont Colleges or elsewhere), and is $3 for everyone else. For more information, call (909) 621-8514.

Jonathan Rauch has been writing books and magazine articles on ideas, culture, and public policy since the early 1980s, and he has written on gay-related topics as an openly gay author since 1991, when, in an article for The New Republic, he criticized hate-crimes laws from a gay point of view. Rauch is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, a senior writer and columnist for National Journal, and a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution. His latest book is Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. He is the author of several previous books on public policy, culture, and economics, including, most recently, Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The Economist, Harper’s, Reason, Fortune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other publications. He is vice president of the Independent Gay Forum and lives outside Washington, D.C.

Author and nationally syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher is perhaps best known for her sharp, right-leaning social policy analysis of social trends and conditions in the United States and abroad. Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate and a leading voice in the new marriage movement (, which rejects same-sex marriage. She is the author three books including (with University of Chicago Prof. Linda J. Waite) The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better-Off Financially. Her previous books were The Abolition of Marriage: How We Destroy Lasting Love (Regnery 1996) and Enemies of Eros: How the Sexual Revolution is Destroying Family, Marriage and Sex (Bonus Books, 1989). She makes frequent media appearances and lectures on social issues. She lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband and two sons.

This event is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, the Associated Students of Pomona College and Pomona College Office of Public Affairs.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.