CSUB to host debate on California Marriage Protection Act

September 30, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield's Gay Lesbian Straight Student Network (GLSSN) is teaming with the Kegley Institute of Ethics to co-host a debate on Thursday, Oct. 9 on Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act, which will appear on the November ballot.

The debate will feature two prominent advocates of the proposition, which seeks to change the state Constitution to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman. They will share the platform with two opponents of the proposition who support the recent state Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage.

Yes on Proposition 8 panelists are local businessman Ken Mettler, who is leading the local campaign to pass the proposition, and The Bakersfield Californian columnist Marylee Shrider. Voicing their opinions against the proposition are local activist Whitney Weddell, who was among the first locally to marry her long-time partner, and Anne Duran, a CSUB psychology professor whose research includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning issues.

Introducing the event is Beatrice Huerta Moore, CSUB GLSSN president, and the debate moderator is Jacquelyn Kegley, chair of the CSUB philosophy/religious studies department.

The event will be held in the Student Union Multipurpose Room from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to the public and parking is free in Lot K after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Please call (661) 654-2255 for further information.