During the recent lawsuit in California which resulted in the overturning of its gay marriage ban, M .V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, testified about the private harms and public costs caused by Proposition 8, especially its economic harms for the State of California and its local governments. Judge Walker’s decision striking down Prop 8 made frequent mention of Professor Badgett’s testimony.
Professor Badgett will be taking questions about the book and her testimony at Fire Dog Lake’s Book Salon this week. The discussion is already quite lively.