Equality Forum: LGBT Rights and the 2012 Election

Equality Forum: LGBT Rights and the 2012 Election

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Admission is FREE. Advance reservations required. 


F.M. Kirby Auditorium


National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street | Independence Mall



In partnership with Equality Forum, the National Constitution Center will host two compelling, back-to-back conversations that explore the pressing legal and political issues at stake for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in the 2012 election.

The first program, from 4 to 5:15 p.m., addresses the major legal issues confronting the LGBT community. Will Proposition 8 go to the Supreme Court? Is same-sex marriage established, or vulnerable, in the states? If President Obama does not win reelection, what will be the fate of the Defense of Marriage Act? Will the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) be passed? How has the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” impacted the LGBT community? The conversation is moderated by Jennifer C. Pizer, Legal Director for the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, and features William Eskridge of Yale University, Katherine Franke of Columbia University, Hayley Gorenberg of Lambda Legal and Janson Wu of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.


The second program, from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., examines the major political issues facing the LGBT community through the lens of the 2012 election. Experts will analyze the political landscape as it relates to LGBT civil rights. What are the key races and who are the candidates to watch? Will LGBT rights divide our political parties in the future? This conversation is moderated by Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and features Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, Patrick Guerriero of Civitas Public Affairs Group, and Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation.



The National Constitution Center parking garage is closed for this event. Convenient parking can be found at the easily accessible lot at the Independence Visitor Center (IVC) on 6th Street between Arch and Market Streets. Guest who park at the IVC should request a parking voucher at registration in order to receive our special event discount discount.

Advance reservations recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Presented in partnership with:

Equality Forum


This event is part of Election 2012, the Center’s yearlong programming series on the key issues facing Americans during this important election year.




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