Since 1991 the LGBT movement has struggled to secure the right to legally marry for lesbians and gay men. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia now permit same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional for the federal government to deny federal benefits of marriage to married same-sex couples. At least twenty other states are now facing legal challenges to their ban on same-sex marriage. The fight for marriage equality is, essentially, over. After two decades focusing on this fight what are the most important issues facing the LGBT movement now? This seminar series will bring together four prominent lawyers and activists who will examine crucial issues facing the LGBT movement today: increased discrimination against and criminalization of people with HIV; how class and poverty effect the LGBT movement; the problems of relying on federal law to secure LGBT equality; and how religious exemptions and conscious clauses are undermining LGBT anti-discrimination law. The series will culminate in a day-long symposium with the seminar speakers discussing these issues with one another as well as a keynote by writer/ activist Jewell Gomez.
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