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What is Marriage For? Author E. J. Graff to address gay marriage

TITLE:             "What Is Marriage For?"

WHAT:             Writer and journalist E.J. Graff discusses the timely topic of gay marriage. Graff has written a number of articles reflecting on the recent political and legislative developments of this issue, and her book, What Is Marriage For? (1999), recently was re-issued by Beacon Press.

A book-signing and reception will follow the lecture.

WHEN:             7 p.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199

COST:             The lecture is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:    For more information, please call the public events hotline at 503-777-7755 or visit the Reed events website.

E. J. Graff
E.J. Graff is an author and journalist whose writing has focused primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, especially same-sex marriage.

She is the author of "What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution," which she wrote while a Radcliffe fellow. Widely cited in legal briefs and law reviews, "What Is Marriage For?" has just been reissued by Beacon Press.

Graff's writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Ms ., The Advocate, The Nation, The Village Voice,, The Women's Review of Books, and in more than a dozen anthologies. She has served as an expert witness in same-sex marriage lawsuits, and has spoken widely on same-sex marriage.

Currently, she is a contributing editor to The American Prospect and to Out Magazine, and a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. She is collaborating with former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy on "Getting Even: Why Women Still Don't Make As Much As Men-And What To Do So We Will," to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.


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