First Six@Six 2.0 lecture to focus on the law of same-sex marriage

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Monday – Oct. 7, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Same-sex marriage has been legalized in 14 of the nation’s 50 states, a victory for those who see matrimonial rights as the latest chapter in the fight for equality but a concern for those who believe the sanctity of marriage has been violated.

The legal issues raised by the shifts in the law and public opinion are the subject of this season’s first Northern Kentucky University Six@Six 2.0 lecture.

Six@Six 2.0 is a group of six new lectures that will be delivered by NKU students and recent graduates at community venues. These 2.0 lectures join a portfolio of six other lectures delivered by NKU professors and one by a guest lecturer from NKU’s partner in the series, the Associated Press.

“We started the Six@Six lecture series in 2010 to bring the passion and research expertise of NKU’s talented faculty to the community,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. “That’s been a big hit with audiences. Lectures on topics as diverse as Lincoln’s legal thinking, microbiology in caves, the science of cycling and CSI-style forensics have sold out.

“But along with our faculty, NKU also has a lot of students deeply involved in research,” he said. “We wanted to add that aspect to our lecture series. So this season, with Six@Six 2.0, we have six student lectures along with a new season of faculty lectures.”

There also are three new venue partners this season: the Campbell County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington. They join the series’ three other venue partners: the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati and the Carnegie in Covington.

The first Six@Six 2.0 lecture will be delivered by Nathan Lennon, a student at NKU’s Chase College of Law. His lecture is titled “Tempest in a Teapot or the Big Bang? Considering the Surprising Consequences of the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases.”

Last month, New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage, assuming a state court judge’s ruling stands. Ten years ago, no state permitted same-sex marriage. Lennon will explore some of the current legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage and look ahead to consider what’s likely to happen in state and federal courts as this issue plays out.

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Campbell County Public Library – Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. The cost is $6. Students with a valid ID can attend for free. For more information on this lecture and the series visit

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