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Broward College Hosts Marriage Equality Discussions

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (September 18, 2014) – With a focus on marriage equality as an important political discussion, Broward College has organized a series of events that examine the concept of marriage from a social, legal and philosophical perspective. These events, free and open to the public, are part of Broward College’s series of civic engagement events, titled “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida,” and coincide with the Florida Gubernatorial Debate taking place on October 15 at Broward College’s Central Campus, 3501 Davie Road, Davie.
 
 
Equity: A Discussion about Marriage
Thursday, October 2, at 12:30 p.m.
North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, Building 46, Room 152
To understand the concept of marriage not in a traditional or religious context, but from a strictly legal and contractual perspective, Paul Moore, Broward College’s associate dean of academic affairs for business administration, accounting and paralegal studies, will conduct a lecture from the viewpoint of a lawyer about what equity means in relation to marriage. He will discuss several recent rulings, including Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia striking down Florida's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. For more information, contact Michelle Jackson at mjackso3@broward.edu.

 
Sex, Marriage, God and Politics
Monday, October 13, from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Judson A. Samuels South Campus, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Bldg. 81, Room 138
Broward College professors will lead a discussion between faculty and students on topics related to government, public policy, and the history of the “institute of marriage.” They will also explore why governments have been interested in protecting the traditional understanding of marriage against those who seek to redefine it. For more information, contact Carlos Lopez at 954-201-8800, clopez2@broward.edu or Henry Mack at hmaklaki@broward.edu.
 
Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage Forum
Monday, October 13, from 7 – 9 p.m.
Judson A. Samuels South Campus Performing and Cultural Arts Center, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
In the wake of a recent ruling declaring Florida’s ban of same-sex marriages unconstitutional, a panel of local academics and community leaders, including Michael Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and Michael Sheedy, executive director of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, will discuss the extent to which the impending legalization of same-sex marriages will affect churches, religiously affiliated institutions, such as hospitals, charities and schools, and businesses to operate freely. For more information, contact Carlos Lopez at 954-201-8800, clopez2@broward.edu or Henry Mack at hmaklaki@broward.edu.
 
 
For a complete list of “Educate, Engage, Enrich Florida” events, visit www.nextflgov.com or www.broward.edu/debate. For the latest updates on the 2014 Gubernatorial Debate at Broward College, follow #NextFLGov on Facebook and Twitter. 
 
 
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