September 28, 2010
Gay marriage. We’ve heard all the reasons why not: “Legalization of homosexual marriage will quickly destroy the traditional family,” “It’s bad for the kids,” and “It’s always been this way.” However, to truly understand this complex, often-debated topic, we need to delve deeper into both sides of the argument.
On September 30 at 6 p.m. in the SunTrust Auditorium, Rollins’ Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Spectrum (LGBTQQPA Collegiate Club) will host the newest installment in the Diversity Dialogues series, “In the Wake of Prop 8.” The discussion will be focused around the topic of marriage equality, and a variety of opinions and perspectives will be represented—from those in favor of civil partnerships, to those who outright oppose legalization of same-sex unions, as well as those voices who advocate for the equal rights of all. Sitting in on the panel will be Rollins Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Greg Cavenaugh and Crummer student Joonmo Thomas Ku.
Since the time of their inception, Diversity Dialogues have engaged the campus in civil conversations revolving around hot-button topics such as race, ethnicity and diversity. The purpose of this particular panel is to educate the Rollins campus, and the local community, about the current standing of gay marriage in the United States, as well as to increase awareness surrounding reasons why people support and oppose the initiative.
Rollins students Louisa Gibbs, Ashley Green and Meghan Thomas (Class of 2011) worked together to launch this program. Backed by funding from the Johnson Family Foundation and coordinated by OMA and the Office of Career Services, Gibbs and Green spent this past summer in Washington, D.C., interning for two nationally recognized LGBT advocacy organizations hosted by American University. Gibbs interned at the National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Green interned at the Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network (GLSEN). They are working closely with Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Mahjabeen Rafiuddin to coordinate their Give Backs this academic year after their productive and educational-based advocacy internships.
“Upon my return, I wanted to give back to Rollins some of what I had learned about the [this] community,” said Gibbs. This panel is one of many to come this semester focusing on various topics in the LGBT community and America.
By Anna Montoya (Class of 2013)