Great Progress on Equal Marriage Rights for LGBT Couples - Meet the Architect of the Freedom to Marry Movement in America, Evan Wolfson
Even Wolfson had fought for nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in America since the 1980s. And finally, in 2015, the United State Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees gay people the freedom to marry. What may have seemed to Americans a sudden shift in values was actually the product of decades of hard work, inspired advocacy and persistence. Arguably, no one did more to get to this landmark decision than Even Wolfson.
Citing his national leadership on marriage and his appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale, the National Law Journal in 2000 named Wolfson one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." Newsweek/The Daily Beast dubbed Wolfson "the godfather of gay marriage" and Time Magazine named him one of "the 100 most influential people in the world." In 2012, Evan received the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama.
At the March 12 ACCJ luncheon, Wolfson will speak on the following topics:
-Path to equal marriage in the US
-The current regime in the US and its impact on LGBT rights
-Recent global developments, specifically noting Australia and Taiwan
-Corporate case for equal marriage
-Status in Japan: time for equal marriage
Join us for the great opportunity to meet a true champion of human rights.
Ginger Griggs, Roy Tomizawa, Co-Chairs
Yoko Yugo, Yumiko Ohta, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Human Resource Management Committee
Ryann Thomas, Chair
Vicki Beyer, Makiko Tachimori (Fukui), Elizabeth Handover, Deborah Hayden,
Jiana Leung, Yoshiko Zoet-Suzuki, Zane Zumbahlen, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Women in Business Committee
Timothy Connor, Ruth Marie Jarman, Aron Kremer, Robert E. Melson, Co-chairs
ACCJ Special Events Committee
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