Featuring Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the nation's top advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
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?
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.
Cosponsored by the UO Department of Political Science; OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon; UO OUTLaws; UO Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Education & Support Services Program; Basic Rights Oregon; and National Center for Lesbian Rights.