CA Same-Gender Union Legislation & Whipple Dog Mauling
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From the New Visions Project...
STANFORD LAW PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ON CALIFORNIA SAME-SEX UNION
LEGISLATION AND WHIPPLE DOG MAULING LAWSUIT
Who: Stanford Family Law Professor Michael Wald
What: Public lecture and discussion on "Same-Sex Civil Marriage: Why
California Families Need it Today"
Date: Thursday March 15, 2001
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo
Media contact: Bruce Hahne, (408)732-1698, hahne@...
Web site: www.newvisionsproject.org
NOTE TO EDITORS: In his discussion, Professor Wald will address the
wrongful death lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday March 12 by
Sharon Smith, partner of Diane Whipple, the lesbian woman who was
fatally mauled by two dogs in January. Professor Wald will also
discuss California Assembly bill AB1338, the California Family
Protection Act of 2001, introduced on March 1 by Assemblymember Paul
Koretz. AB1338 would enable gay and lesbian couples in California to
enter into a civil union that would provide some of the rights and
responsibilities which California presently gives to married
One year after the passage of the California "Limit on Marriages"
ballot initiative, the public debate over same-sex marriage shows no
signs of receding. In the past 12 months, the state of Vermont has
extended partial marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples through
the creation of Civil Unions, major newspapers have reversed
long-standing editorial positions and come out in support of same-sex
marriage, and marriage-rights protest groups have formed nationwide.
Join us for a lecture and discussion with Stanford University Law
Professor Michael Wald, who will speak to how extending the rights
responsibilities of civil marriage to California's 400,000 same-sex
couples will benefit families, children, and the entire state of
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Michael S. Wald is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at
Stanford University. He is an expert on California family law and has
taught courses both on family law and on children and the law at
Stanford since 1967. He is the author of _Same-Sex Couples: Marriage,
Families, and Children_, an analysis of the California Limit on
Marriages ballot initiative published with the Stanford Institute for
Research on Women and Gender.
This event is part of the spring 2001 series "Homosexuality and
Christian Faith: New Visions for the New Century", a 5-week series of
events designed to examine, and seek alternatives to, Christianity's
traditional support of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered people. The spring 2001 New Visions series is
sponsored by 25 San Francisco Bay area churches from 11 religious
New Visions web site: www.newvisionsproject.org.
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