Forum to address gay rights

Forum to address gay rights The University of South Dakota Political Science League will hold a forum on the topic of Gay Rights on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall.

The event, titled "Gay Rights: Both Sides Speak," will feature panelists on both sides of this controversial issue.�

Panelists include Barbara Himmel-Roberts, president of the Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition; Jennifer Ring, executive director of the ACLU of the Dakotas; Robert Regier, executive director of the South Dakota Family Policy Council; and Matt McCaulley, an attorney and former South Dakota State legislator. The event will be moderated by Dr. Richard Braunstein of USD's political science department.�

The forum will be split between preset questions and questions from members of the audience. Keeping with the non-partisan nature of the group, both sides will be represented in an effort to help those attending formulate their own opinions on the topic.�

"The issue of gay rights is certainly a hot topic in the political arena," said Lynn von Koch, the Political Science League president. "This event is a continuation of our effort to spark informed political dialogue amongst members of the campus community at USD."�

For more information about this event, call von Koch at 605-670-8225 or email her at lvonkoch@usd.edu. Jonathan Walz, vice president of the Political Science League, is also available for information at 605-202-0012, or email jdwalz@usd.edu.

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