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Sept. 20: Marriage equality referendum is topic of lecture, discussion

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A discussion on the Maryland referendum that supports marriage equality will be held Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The event, facilitated by an Episcopal priest and a longtime human rights advocate, is part of the College's Social Visionary Speaker Series. A reception will follow the discussion.

The Rev. Angela Shepherd, Canon for Mission for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, has served for 14 years as a parish priest, 11 of which were as rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Md. For 16 years her ordained ministry has included social justice issues such as inclusivity of LBGT individuals, antiracism, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS education, and local and global mission initiatives. She is co-author and signer of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland's 2012 resolution that gives support to the Civil Marriage Protection Act. Shepherd serves on a number of local boards and committees and has been elected to serve positions in the broader Episcopal church.

Dan Furmansky has worked for 15 years as an advocate and consultant for human rights issues, economic and environmental justice, animal welfare and global hunger and poverty. He was the director of the Unitarian Universalist Association's interfaith social justice campaign, Standing on the Side of Love, which helps individuals translate their faith into action on behalf of marginalized communities. He also served for six years as executive director and lobbyist for Equality Maryland, where he launched a marriage equality campaign and successfully led efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes law, a local transgender anti-discrimination law and multiple bills to provide rights for domestic partners.

The Social Visionary Speaker Series was established to introduce the Hood and Frederick communities to individuals who have successfully turned unique visions and ideas into real and practical solutions that enhance the quality of life for others, and to inspire fresh and imaginative ways of thinking about contemporary issues.

The event is sponsored by Hood's career center and office of service learning and the office of the dean of the chapel along with the student clubs Amnesty International; College Democrats; Equal Sex; and Tolerance, Education, Acceptance.

For more information about the event, please contact Yvette Webster, community service coordinator, by calling (301) 696-3583 or by email at