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Western New England University School of Law and Smith College Present The Freedom to Marry

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017 - 9:09 AM All News , Law

The Western New England University School of Law and Smith College will present a special screening of the award-winning documentary titled The Freedom to Marry on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith College's Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. General admission tickets are $10.00 and $8.00 for students and seniors.

As described by the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival website, The Freedom to Marry is an inspiring insiders' look at one of the greatest civil rights battles of today. The historic Obergefell v. Hodges case represents the culmination of a decades-long struggle to guarantee the right of same-sex couples to marry. Among those leading the fight for justice is attorney and LGBTQ rights advocate Evan Wolfson, whose Pittsburgh Jewish upbringing informed his passion for social justice, and who is considered by many to be the lead architect of the marriage equality movement. Also profiled is Mary Bonauto, the Boston-based civil rights attorney who joined forces with Wolfson to argue the case of a lifetime before the Supreme Court.

Following the film, a panel discussion will be held with Senator Stan Rosenberg, president of the Massachusetts Senate, Idit Klein, executive director of Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, and Western New England University Professor of Law Jennifer Levi, who also directs the Transgender Rights Project at GLAAD.

This event is sponsored by Western New England University School of Law in partnership with Smith College. For more information on this event call 413-739-4715 or visit the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival website at www.pvjff.org.