Northeastern Reflects is an educational series on civic sustainability hosted by Michael S. Dukakis in conjunction with the Presidential Council on Inclusion and Diversity. Its next event will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Raytheon Amphitheater. The topic is “Gay Rights after Gay Marriage.” From the event page:
Ten years ago this November, with its decision in Goodridge v. Department of Health, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The case set the stage for further legal action across the nation. In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled in support of a state’s ability to approve same-sex marriages and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Currently, fourteen states and Washington, D.C. allow same-sex couples to marry: nearly one third of the U.S. population – more than 100 million Americans – live in a state where same-sex couples can marry and more state action is on the horizon.
Now we have the opportunity for thoughtful and critical reflection on the implications of these landmark decisions. What forces shaped the court decisions ten years ago and this year? Where are we now on the definitions of marriage and where are we going? Is marriage equality one step or the final step for gay rights in the United States?
Dukakis will lead a panel of experts in a conversation about these important topics.