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Is Same-Sex Marriage Good for the Nation?
 
About the Participants
Arline Isaacson was the chief lobbyist, grassroots and political organizer for the Gay & Lesbian Civil Rights Bill until passage of the Massachusetts law in 1989. She has led the fight against anti-gay foster care and adoption bills, coordinated the lobbying for the HIV Testing Confidentiality law and lobbied to pass Hate Crimes legislation. She has also worked for repeal of anti-sodomy laws and for domestic partner health insurance. In 2002, working with the MassEquality coalition, she led a successful lobbying effort to defeat an anti-gay SuperDOMA initiative petition which would have prohibited marriage or benefits for same-sex couples.

John Rankin was raised a secular humanist, an agnostic Unitarian, prior to his conversion to a biblical and evangelical faith in 1967. He holds graduate degrees in theology from Gordon-Conwell and Harvard, is author of the three-volume series, First the Gospel, Then Politics..., and host of the Mars Hill Forum series on university campuses and other venues. In November, 1994, he hosted Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) at Smith College, in Mars Hill Forum #11: "Feminism and the Bible: Do They Share Any Common Ground?" John and his wife Nancy were married in 1977, and have four children. His website is: www.teinetwork.com.


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  [Contents] [About the Participants] [Opening Statement by Arline Isaacson] [Opening Statement by John Rankin][Dialog] [Questions from the Audience] [Closing Statements]
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