Lee Badgett speaks to Irish community ahead of referendum

BadgetIrelandWebM.V. Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar, presented her research about marriage to an Irish audience on March 19, 2015 at a conference in Dublin, Ireland. On May 22, 2015, voters in Ireland will decide whether to approve a referendum amending Ireland’s constitution to permit same-sex marriage. If the measure is passed, Ireland will become the world’s first country to adopt marriage equality by a popular vote.

At her presentation, Badgett spoke about her research, “The Marriage equality Experience: An International Perspective.” The research looked at the experience of marriage in European and North America. The presentation was hosted by Dublin City University and was opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Badgett elaborated on three main questions: Will gay people change marriage? Will marriage change gay people? Finally, can a separate institution such as civil unions provide the same benefits as marriage?

Badgett is the leading global authority on the economics of same-sex marriage. Her most recent book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, explores how the 2001 legalization of same-sex marriage in the Netherlands affected public and private spheres in that country.

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