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Marriage Equality: Five Perspectives - LIB 100, US 201 Approved!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2270


The LGBT Resource Center will co-host "Marriage Equality: Five Perspectives," an event that will focus on the controversial issue of same sex marriage. The event will review which states have legalized same-sex marriage, and discuss the different implications behind the terms gay marriage, same-sex marriage, and marriage equality. The speakers will reconsider the institution of marriage, the gender roles of American society, and the legitimate types of love that exist beyond marriage. Five speakers will each give a 10-minute mini-lectures about the institution of marriage: 1) Kim Ranger  GVSU Librarian  She will review the history of marriage and the religious origins of the idea that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. 2) Peter Kulas  Lawyer  He will discuss the legal advantages of marriage, the benefits that are denied to same-sex couples, and the legal processes that a state can go through to legalize same-sex marriage. 3) Elizabeth Liquigli  GVSU Student, Women and Gender Studies Major  She will consider marriage as a sexist institution that reinforces the patriarchy. She will discuss the crucial differences between sex and gender, and consider marriage from a feminist perspective. 4) Fermin Valle  GVSU Student, Civil Rights Activist  He will discuss how marriage is a product of capitalism, and he will review LGBT activism strategies. 5) Colette Seguin Beighley  Director of LGBT Resource Center GVSU  She will re-imagine and reconsider marriage conceptually by listing and explaining the many other types of relationships that exist that dont need the validation of marriage to be meaningful and loving. As a radical ally, she will reflect upon her choice, as a straight ally, to refuse to get married. There will be a short question/answer panel and group discussion following the five mini-lectures. The event is LIB 100 and US 201 approved.


Daniel Ketchum



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