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New Jersey ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeanne Locicero to Speak at William Paterson University on November 12 on Path to Marriage Equality

Jeanne LoCicero, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, will present a lecture about New Jersey’s road to the legalization of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at William Paterson University in Wayne as part of the Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice. The lecture will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Cheng Library Auditorium on campus. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

In her talk, “The Path to Marriage Equality,” LoCicero will discuss the decade-long legal battle to legalize same-sex marriage across the country and in New Jersey.  New Jersey recently became the 14th state to recognize such unions.

LoCicero litigates, advocates, and speaks on a wide range of civil liberties issues, including freedom of speech and religion and the rights of LGBT people, youth, and prisoners. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association where she serves in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Section and the Individual Rights Section. She also serves on the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board. LoCicero began her legal career at the ACLU of Alabama after graduating with highest honors from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She then spent three years in private practice and joined the ACLU of New Jersey in 2004.

William Paterson University’s Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice seeks to engage high school, college, and university students and teachers and community members in innovative and practical ideas, actions, and programs that promote peace and justice through cooperative engagement, dialogue, and respect for opposing views and opinions. Previous lecturers have included Doug Henwood, editor and publisher of Left Business Observer; Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project; Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun; Aftab Seth, India’s former ambassador to Japan, Vietnam and Greece, and Norman Finkelstein, author of What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage.

This program is co-sponsored by the William Paterson University Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Race and Gender Project, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, Cotsakos College of Business, College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Office of the Provost.

For additional information, contact Steve Shalom, professor of political science, at 973-720-3433 or