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



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

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.)

MORE INFO: Contact Thomas Soule at 323-993-7622, or send an e-mail to

To RSVP, visit

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

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.