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Teresa Stanton Collett, JD Biography

Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"

“Civil marriage should be recognized as only the union of one man and one woman. Only the union of a man and a woman may involve the unique physical act from which children are created, and children best flourish when raised by their biological mother and father who are united in marriage. The legal institution of marriage has historically been the societal mechanism channeling men and women into permanent, exclusive sexual relationships to insure that the partners who participate in the creation of the child provide both material and personal support to the child.

There is a growing consensus in the social science literature that clearly establishes that children do best when they are raised by both biological parents who are married to each other…

Preserving the traditional institution of marriage need not eliminate any legal status for mutually supportive couples. Loving, committed relationships exist not only between same-sex couples, but also between many other individuals who are not sexually intimate. The civil institution of marriage should focus on insuring the well-being of children, but it is possible to create other legal arrangements to take care of the diversity of human relationships found in contemporary society. Creation of a reciprocal beneficiary status, like that found in Hawaii, is a viable and reasonable alternative to recognizing same-sex unions as marriage.”

“Constitutional Confusion: The Case for the Minnesota Marriage Amendment,” William Mitchell Law Review, Mar. 29, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Law, University of St. Thomas, 2003-present
  • Republican Congressional Nominee, Minnesota District 04, 2010
  • Represented Augusta Roman in petitioning the US Supreme Court in Roman v. Roman, 2008
  • Represented Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons defending the partial-birth abortion ban before the United States Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Carhart, 2007
  • Testified about the consequences of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton before a committee of the US Senate, 2005
  • Testified in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment before a committee of the US Senate, 2004
  • Represented Dr. C. Everett Koop, former US Surgeon General, and other doctors who oppose assisted suicide in Oregon v. Ashcroft, 2004
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Former Professor, Law, South Texas College of Law
  • Former Special Attorney General, Oklahoma
  • Former Special Attorney General, Kansas
  • JD, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • BA, University of Oklahoma
  • Has three adult children: Rob, Christi, and Laura
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