Professor Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02) to speak at Triad Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State on March 22

Photo of Professor Shannon Gilreath lecturing at podium

Professor Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02) will be the featured speaker at the meeting of the Triad Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at the Polo Recreation Center located at 1850 Polo Road. The event is open to the public.

The Missouri Senate’s attempt to legalize anti-gay discrimination after the passage of same-sex marriage equality is being compared to the 1960s, when many people tried to nullify the Court’s rulings around racial integration. Some believe that the courts will block this attempt, but there are many differences between these two instances. Gilreath will analyze the correlation between gay rights and civil rights in his speech, explaining how much protection the LGBT community can expect to receive from the courts.

Gilreath was also recently quoted in The Washington Post about the lack of discussion surrounding LGBT issues within the GOP debates.

Gilreath is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law, Freedom of Religion and Gender and the Law in the law school, as well as various other topical seminars in the law school  and in the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, where he enjoys an appointment as core faculty.