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
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!