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Lynn D. Wardle, JD Biography

Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at Brigham Young University
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"

“By redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, the meaning of marriage will be changed in ways that will loosen the already-impaired link between marriage and parenting; the intergenerational connections of marriage will become attenuated. The notion that marriage is merely a private matter – a ‘common’ that should be open to all – will grow, as the public commitments and expectations of marriage erode. The chaos of sexual irresponsibility (especially infidelity and promiscuity within marriage) will grow, and the moral expectations of the basic institution of society will fade as the sexual ethic of gay and lesbian lifestyles is embraced as marriage. Instability in marriages will increase as the pattern of transitory relationships of same-sex couples is included in the social understanding of what is marriage. Sexual segregation will increase and the historically gender-integrated public institution of marriage will be redefined to include sexual apartheid couples.

Instrumentalization of marriage partners will result from the inclusion of the gay lifestyle as an accepted form of the public institution of marriage. The transformative power of including gay and lesbian relationships in the public understanding of marriage will alter the institution of marriage as never before.”

“A Response to the ‘Conservative Case’ for Same-Sex Marriage: Same-Sex Marriage and ‘The Tragedy of the Commons,'” BYU Journal of Public Law, Winter 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law, Brigham Young University, 2006-present
  • Member, Council on Family Law, Institute for American Values, 2003-present
  • President, International Society for Family Law, 2000-2002
  • Member, Reaffirming Marriage Initiative, Core Consultation Group, 2000-2002
  • Board of Counselors, National Lawyers Association, 1995-2002
  • Secretary-General, International Society for Family Law, 1994-2000
  • Distinguished Scholar, Center for Law and Democracy, 1990-1994
  • Visiting Professor, Howard University School of Law, 1990-1991
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch), United States Department of Justice, 1989-1990
  • Visiting Professor, Law, Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), 1988
  • Member, The American Law Institute, 1988-present
  • Member, Pro-Life Advisory Committee, US Catholic Conference, 1986-1989, 1991-present
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Law, University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), 1985
  • Professor, Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1983-2006
  • Board of Directors, National Right to Life Committee, Inc., 1982-1983
  • JD, with distinction, Duke University, 1974
  • BA, cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1971
  • Associate Professor, Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1980-1983
  • Assistant Professor, Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1978-1980
  • Associate, Streich, Lang, Weeks, and Cardon, 1975-1978
  • Law Clerk, US District Judge John J. Sirica, 1974-1975
  • Member, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)
  • Born Nov. 15, 1947