Assistant Professor Faisal Kutty’s article, “Muslims and Same Sex Marriage: Why the Banning of Gay Marriage May Not Be Required by Islamic Legal Norms”” was published by the Huffington Post on March 27, 2014. The piece argues that there is sufficient basis within Islamic jurisprudence to not oppose same-sex marriages in a liberal democratic context. The article notes that the current debate is not about changing Islamic marriage (nikah), but about making “sure that all citizens have access to the same kinds of public benefits.” The piece argues that while same-sex marriage advocates can demand their full constitutional entitlements, they should not interfere in the religious dogma of others by forcing them to approve of what they sincerely believe is wrong.
Professor David R. Cleveland participated in the Valparaiso University Law School’s Regional Faculty Workshop on March 21. Professor Cleveland discussed his forthcoming article, “Discrimination Law’s Dirty Secret: The Equal Opportunity Sexual Harasser”, which examines a loophole in federal discrimination for harassers who mistreat men and women equally.