Friday, May 13, 2016

Marriage Equality: What's Next At The Bezazian Saturday

Two years after Illinois became the 15th state to have marriage equality, and nearly a year after the Supreme Court decision made it the law of the land, the Bezazian Library is honored to have four of the primary figures who made it happen in Illinois take part in a discussion about what happened, and what is next.

It takes place at the Bezazian Library, 1226 West Ainslie, on Saturday, May 14th, at 2pm.

This panel discussion on the struggle for marriage equality in Illinois and the next steps in the fight for civil rights of Americans features several key figures in the efforts to make marriage legal for all Illinoisans.
  • Jim Bennett, Midwest Director for Lambda Legal, chaired the statewide coalition that led to the law that allows the freedom to marry in Illinois; 
  • Khadine Bennett is the Legislative Counsel at the ACLU of Illinois; 
  • Greg Harris is the State Representative for Illinois, 13th District, who sponsored the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act legislation; and 
  • Roderick Hawkins, who was instrumental in gaining support for the bill in his role as Vice President for External Affairs at the Chicago Urban League.
The Created Equal film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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