The Mary Renault Society

The Triangle Area of North Carolina

Marriage Equality in South Africa and the United States

Holning LauTen years before the United States Supreme Court ruled that excluding same-sex couples from marriage was unconstitutional, the South African Constitutional Court reached the same conclusion. The two courts, however, reached that outcome through different approaches. In this presentation, Holning Lau will discuss why he thinks the South African court decision embodies stronger reasoning and why it matters for LGBT rights activism around the world.

Holning Lau is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina School of Law. His research examines international and comparative approaches to legal issues concerning gender and sexuality. He teaches classes on Comparative Constitutional Law and Sexuality & the Law, among others. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, he was Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the LGBT Rights Fellowship Program at Hofstra University in New York. He has also held fellowships at the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law, and at UCLA’s Williams Institute.

Marriage Equality in South Africa


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