Event DateThursday, March 10 2011 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Center Speaker Series presents Marriage Now!
Richard Socarides in conversation Brian Ellner, Ross Levi and Evan Wolfson
The Center is hosting a thought provoking and engaging program examining the fundamental issues surrounding marriage.
The Center and its Young Leaders Council (YLC), are set to host a thought provoking and engaging program examining the current state of marriage equality. The Center conversation brings together some of the country’s leading experts.
The Issue: Marriage may be the most visible issue in the LGBT community right now. It is filled with legal, political, religious and social implications that affect all LGBT people. The complexities of marriage make the conversation a multi-faceted subject that generates passionate discussion. We will examine all of these issues in a lively and informal conversation with four of the country’s leading experts and advocates.
More About Richard Socarides:
Richard Socarides is an attorney, political strategist and president of Equality Matters.org, a campaign for full LGBT equality. Socarides served as White House Special Assistant under President Bill Clinton, where he specialized in policy, legal and political issues. He served as chief advisor to Clinton on gay civil rights from 1997-99. He also worked as a strategist on Capitol Hill, and in media (Time Warner), entertainment (New Line Cinema), and technology (AOL). He has held staff positions in several presidential campaigns and served as spokesperson for a Hollywood motion picture studio. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Politico. Socarides is frequently quoted in national publications and often appears as a political commentator and expert on television.
More About Brian Ellner
Brian Ellner is a native New Yorker who grew up in Stuyvesant Town, attended the City's public schools and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is the senior strategist for the Human Rights Campaign's effort to win marriage equality in New York. In that role he launched New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, a communications campaign featuring iconic New Yorkers -- from Julianne Moore and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Barbara Bush and Russell Simmons -- expressing support for equal marriage protections. Prior to joining HRC, Ellner was a senior aide in the administration of Mayor Bloomberg, working with the New York City Department of Education. As a lawyer with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Ellner provided free legal counsel to the NYC LGBT Community Center, the New York Civil Liberties Union and Freedom to Marry In 2005 he ran for Manhattan Borough President.
More About Ross Levi
Ross D. Levi is the Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide civil rights organization committed to achieving equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. Splitting his time between Albany and New York City, Ross oversees the Pride Agenda, Inc.’s legislative and political activities, as well as the education and community organizing work of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation. The Pride Agenda is New York’s largest statewide LGBT civil rights organization with an almost $4 million budget and 25 full-time staff. Levi was named Executive Director in May of 2010.
More About Evan Wolfson
Evan Wolfson is Founder and President of Freedom to Marry. Recognizing his longtime civil rights leadership in the movement for marriage equality, in 2004 TIME Magazine named Wolfson one of the "100 most influential people in the world." Evan was co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and is the author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry.
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