Should the rights and freedoms laid out by the U.S. Constitution be interpreted by the intentions of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and its other framers or by the mores of 21st century society? That is the subject of a debate that will be held at Macomb in commemoration of Constitution Day, an annual observance of the Sept. 17, 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Presenting his view that “the Constitution should be interpreted in light of its historical meaning at the time of adoption,” will be Michael Warren, Oakland County Circuit Court judge and co-founder (with his daughter) of Patriot Week. Arguing the opposite will be Robert Sedler, Wayne State University Law School professor and one of three attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the landmark case that overturned Michigan’s ban on same sex marriages.
The debate will be co-hosted by the Macomb County Bar Foundation and moderated by Jocelyn Benson, dean of the Wayne State University Law School and a Harvard graduate recognized as an expert in civil rights and election law.
The debate will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m., at the Lorenzo Cultural Center. The event is free, but seats must be reserved at Tigersof68@aol.com.