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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm
PORTLAND -- Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm  -- White Stag Building, UO Portland, 70 NW Couch St.  “Marriage and More:  The Future of the LGBT Rights Movement”   featuring Shannon Minter, Esq., legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, with an introduction by Beatrice Dohrn, Esq., former legal director for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund Co-sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics, OGALLA—Oregon’s LGBT Bar Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Basic Rights Oregon, UO LGBT Educational and Support Services Program, and UO OUTLaws.   In the wake of the stunning Supreme Court victories striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and restoring marriage equality to California, the LGBT rights movement faces the challenge of how to achieve marriage equality nationwide while also addressing the many other issues facing LGBT people, such as widespread homelessness among LGBT youth, astronomically high rates of violence and discrimination against transgender people, and the absence of legal protections for same-sex parents in most states.  How will the movement navigate this challenge?    Shannon Minter was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the right to marry and that laws that limit rights based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. He serves on the boards of Faith in America and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. He has previously served on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. More info here. Contact Rebecca Flynn for any questions: 541-346-3700 or rflynn@uoregon.edu