From Prop 8 to SB 68: Legislative Attacks on LGBT Families

April 7, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
Sponsored by: Law School Diversity Committee, Lambda Law Caucus, Office for LGBT Services, BLSA, WLC, commonGround, Faculty & Staff for Human Rights, Womens & Gender Studies

This event is part of the Diversity Forum Series and is free and open to the public. The program will be moderated by Christopher McDavid of Lambda Law Caucus.

Lunch is provided by Expressions of You and will be available at 11:30 AM.


Speaker Bios

  • Attorney Bryan Gatewood, '97
  • Chris Hartman
    A Louisville native and graduate of Bellarmine University and St. Xavier High School, Chris most recently worked as Congressman John Yarmuth's 2008 campaign press secretary. He served in 2005 as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) in St. Louis, director of Philadelphia's Grassroots Fundraising for the Democratic National Committee in 2004's presidential election, and as producer and founder of performance companies Project Improv * St. Louis and Louisville. His also the director of the Fairness Campaign.
  • Rev. Vernon S. Broyles, III - Representative for Public Witness, Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    Vernon served as Pastor of churches in North Carolina and Alabama from 1962 to 1982. He was called by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in April 1982 to coordinate work in the area of Social Justice Ministry and he continued in that role until May 2006.  Since May 2006, Vernon has worked directly with the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly (the denomination’s highest continuing elected official) on the church’s public witness. He serves as a liaison with others within the Presbyterian Church structure as well as our ecumenical and interfaith partners, interpreting the policies of the General Assembly and articulating the Reformed theological basis for the church’s engagement with the world where issues of justice and peace are concerned. His work supports Presbyterians who are advocating for policies by our own United States government that contribute to justice, peace and freedom at home and around the world. Vernon has traveled extensively within the United States and in over 50 countries around the world, serving as a communicator on behalf of both our own church and the partners with whom we work.  In addition to his regular assignments, he is the author of the column, "The Church in Society", a regular feature of the denominational magazine, Presbyterians Today.