Sun., Jul. 22 Events & Platform: LGBT Election Issues by Ed Reggi

LGBT flag map of the United States of AmericaPlatform: LGBT Election Issues by Ed Reggi

In 2004, the State of Missouri, as well as many other states, amended their Constitutions to codify marriage as only valid between a man and a woman. Those antigay ballot measures, just like those of today, are strategically in place to influence election outcomes. Recently, President Obama made history when he announced his support for same sex couples to have the freedom to marry. A political risk or a strategic move? Traditional and social media went into an election frenzy: “Whose vote will he lose or gain? What about this community and that community?”

To date, six federal courts have ruled that discrimination in marriage violates the U.S. Constitution – moving us closer to consideration by the Supreme Court. The court of public opinion has been influenced by these events. Today, polling shows that more Americans than ever before have a close gay or lesbian friend or family member. CNN is reporting that 54 percent of Americans support marriage equality, including a large number of independents and people of color. The conversation about marriage equality has both a personal side and a political side. The question remains, in 2012, “How do they intertwine?”
11 a.m. Auditorium.

Platform Music: Adam Gabbert, guitar

Colloquy: A guided meditation and discussion on a topic that changes weekly.
9:45 a.m. Boardroom.

Forum: Presentations and discussions on topics of the day
9:45 a.m. Hanke Room.

Child Care:
During the summer months there are 3 people on hand (2 high school teens and an adult) to watch children. The Nursery/Pre-school will be staffed as well as supervision for older kids downstairs.
10 a.m. until noon

Ethical Mindfulness Meditation:
8 – 9:30 a.m. The Foyer.