Gay marriage forum set
With the coming national election and this year’s debate on gay/lesbian civil rights and family policy, the Aspen Gay & Lesbian Community Fund is partnering with The Aspen Institute to create a forum to discuss the issues.”A Forum on Gay Marriage” – a discussion between Jonathan Rauch, an author on gay marriage, and traditional-marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher – will be held at Paepcke Auditorium at the institute on Saturday at 6 p.m. A $10 donation at the door will be requested.Gallagher is a journalist, author, traditional marriage advocate and president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy. She is also the principal drafter of “The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles.”Rauch is an opinion columnist for the National Journal, a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution and the author of “Gay Marriage: Why It is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America” (2004, Times Books, Henry Holt & Co.).Full biographies of Gallagher and Rauch are available at http://www.mastermediaspeakers.comBest known for producing Aspen’s annual Gay & Lesbian Ski Week, the AGLCF has invested that event’s proceeds in several programs to serve the community over the past few years. During the 2004 Ski Week’s Vision Dinner, the nonprofit AGLCF’s primary fund-raiser, the organization pledged the seed money and secured additional financial commitments from benefactors to create Saturday’s forum at the institute.Focusing primarily on education, the organization launched its “Youth of Vision” scholarship fund three years ago, recognizing a Colorado gay or lesbian youth who has demonstrated open leadership.A speaker series was also initiated; it brought in Esera Tuaolo, an openly gay, former NFL player, and Martha Fugate, Project Yes executive director, who spoke to local schools about diversity education. “The forum on gay marriage at The Aspen Institute is an expansion of the AGLCF’s speaker series, and reflects our commitment to education and discussion of key civil rights issues in the GLBT community,” said Bryan Gonzales, AGLCF executive director.