Through the Legislative Looking Glass: Debunking the Myths of Marriage Equality

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

12:00 PM

12:50 PM

Classroom 5046

Through the Legislative Looking Glass: Debunking the Myths of Marriage Equality, a talk by Anthony Michael Kreis, J.D. Ph.D Candidate, University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, Political Co-Chair, Human Rights Campaign-Atlanta

What happens behind the scenes to get marriage equality enacted? Does marriage equality threaten religious liberty? What kind of legislators support marriage equality? Are there compelling non-religious arguments against marriage equality? 

Find out the answer to these questions and more from Anthony Michael Kreis, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Georgia and political co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign in Atlanta, who will speak on his research and personal experience with marriage equality legislation.

His research draws from over 100 interviews of governors, legislators, religious leaders, and advocates for marriage equality in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Washington.  These interviews, complemented by legislative floor speeches, his own personal experience, and media coverage of marriage equality initiatives, highlight the perspective of key players in each states’ legislative process.  In his presentation he will tell riveting and untold behind the scenes stories.  His talk will illustrate more generally the role of religion in the public policy process, the influence of legal norms in the political arena, the importance of diversity in democratic institutions, and the way courts can help shape social change.


Lunch will be served!
UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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