Town Hall Los Angeles Hosts Prop. 8 Debate

Think this will get heated?

Next week Wednesday lawyers on both sides duke it out at Town Hall LA. Gloria Allred and Andy Pugno are the guest speakers. It will be moderated by USC’s Journalism Professor Judy Muller.

All event information and entire press release after the break.

TOWN HALL LA to Debate the Constitutionality of Prop 8 and Same Sex Marriage

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – January 7, 2009) – TOWN HALL Los Angeles convenes a debate on Proposition 8 with key players Gloria Allred, Founding Partner, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg and Andy Pugno, General Counsel, on Prop 8 . Join the debate at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

In May 2008, the California Supreme Court affirmed that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry the person of their choice. In November, Californians passed Proposition 8 thereby excluding gays and lesbians from the right to marry a person of the same gender.

Debater, Gloria Allred on behalf of her clients Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, filed a lawsuit which resulted in the California Supreme Court decision in May 2008. Regarding their case, Allred stated, “All they have asked for is equal rights under the law and equal respect and dignity for their families and their committed relationships.” She also filed a challenge to Prop 8 with the Court on November 5, 2008. The Supreme Court accepted the case.

Representing the proponent side of Prop 8 is Andy Pugno. “The coalition that has worked so hard for the past year to enact Proposition 8 will vigorously defend the People’s decision against this unfortunate challenge by groups who, having lost in the court of public opinion, now turn to courts of law to pursue their agenda,” said Pugno.

Moderating the debate is Judy Muller, Associate Professor of Journalism at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and ABC News Correspondent.

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When: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
7:30 PM Debate with Q&A

Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets $20, call 213.628.8141 or