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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2009
4:54 PM

CONTACT: EQCA

Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
PHONE: (916) 284-9187
EMAIL: vaishalee@eqca.org

Equality California to Co-Host April 1 Town Hall on Prop. 8, the Fight for the Freedom to Marry

LOS ANGELES - March 31 -
WHAT:
The first of a statewide series of Town Hall discussions where members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can join in an open dialogue about the ongoing fight for the freedom to marry. Legal experts will share their perspectives on what is likely to happen in the Prop. 8 legal challenges and take questions. Leaders from several community organizations will discuss efforts happening across the state in support of the freedom to marry. The final 90 minutes will be dedicated to open discussion. Those who cannot attend will be able to watch the meeting via live webcast at www.lagaycenter.org/townhall.

WHO: Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, Plaintiffs in Prop. 8 legal challenges; Kate Kendall, Executive Director, the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Jon Davidson, Legal Director, Lambda Legal; Marc Solomon, Marriage Director, Equality California; Geoff Kors, Executive Director, Equality California; Suzy Jack and Todd Cordisco, F.A.I.R.; Samuel Chu, California Faith for Equality; Marshall Wong, API Equality; Luis Lopez, HonorPAC; Ron Buckmire, Jordan/Rustin Coalition; Regina Clemente, Vote for Equality (L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center); Moderator: Lorri L. Jean, CEO, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 7-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center The Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 N. McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038 (One block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd.) COST: FREE.

MORE INFO: Contact Thomas Soule at 323-993-7622, or send an e-mail to tsoule@lagaycenter.org.

To RSVP, visit www.lagaycenter.org/April1TownHall.

The following list of confirmed co-sponsors is partial: Bienestar, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, LGBT Center of Long Beach, Center OC, Pacific Pride Foundation, Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, San Diego LGBT Community Center, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Fresno City College Diversity Club, ErasetheH8, Join the Impact, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, Marriage Equality USA, National Transgender Law Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, CenterLink, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, FAIR, ACLU of Southern California, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, API Equality-L.A., HonorPAC, Love Honor Cherish, FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, California Pride at Work, California Faith for Equality, Congregation Kol Ami, Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, Latino Equality Alliance, Satrang and Equal Roots.

This is the first of several town hall meetings across the state.  For more info about other dates and locations, go www.eqca.org/townhall.

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Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.


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