Trials & Error

Trials & Error: Hollingsworth v. Perry, Same-Sex Marriage on Trial

  • May 20, 2015

With the Supreme Court about to rule on whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry in the states in which they live, Trials & Error discussed the landmark 2010 case in federal district court, Hollingsworth v. Perry, which struck down Proposition 8 and its ban on same-sex marriage in California.  The Perry trial established a factual basis for why same-sex couples should have the right to marry, and reflected the cultural shift in public opinion about the validity and dignity of such unions.  Join us for a fascinating discussion with law professor, Kenji Yoshino, author of Speak Now about the Perry case, Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent for Slate, and Debra Messing, Emmy-winning actress of the iconic comedy Will & Grace, which was responsible for humanizing same-sex relationships in the broader culture. A book signing with Kenji Yoshino to followed the event.

CLE CREDIT for this event was approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for attorneys to earn 1.5 skills transitional and non-transitional credits. For more information on FOLCS’ CLE offerings, please contact Erin Bundra at

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About Trials & Error

The series presents the great trials of the recent past and those that are of our present moment, offering candid discussions with the lawyers who participated in the trials and the journalists who covered them. With court cases providing a new form of entertainment across America, Trials & Error focuses on high-profile epic trials that captured the public imagination, exposed the human drama of coming before the law, and were tried not just in the courtroom, but in the media and the court of public opinion.