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December 9
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
  

Whats Next in LGBT Politics? An NLGJA Post-Election Public Discussion

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

December 9, 2012

5pm - 6:30pm
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 

So, the election's over. Now what? Do November's progressive electoral victories mark a tipping point in American attitudes toward LGBT communities? What can we expect in the next four years?

We'll explore these questions and more with four distinguished panelists at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia:

After some delay, Barack Obama has begun to try to win over LGBT voters, ending Don't Ask Don't Tell, telling the Justice Department lawyers not to fight court challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and expressing personal support for gay marriage. According to The Economist, the 5% of voters who identified themselves as gay in exit polls on Nov. 6 account for Obama's entire margin of victory.

That same night, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and Minnesota voters put a stop to an amendment to the state constitution that would have banned it - the first time such a measure has been defeated by popular vote. 

And the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a case in opposition to California's Prop 8 and several cases challenging DOMA. LGBT voters have much to be excited about.