Luther to host Women’s History Month panel discussion March 16

March 4, 2010

Luther College will host a Women’s History Month panel discussion titled “The Fight Isn’t Over: Maintaining the Marriage Act in Iowa” on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith recital hall.     

In April 2009, a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court established civil marriage equality in Iowa, overturning the 10-year-old ban on same-sex marriage. The panel will discuss what is being done in Iowa to protect the marriage act and the many forces working to try to overturn the act.

“This year’s Women’s History Month theme is ‘Marriage-Family-Diversity,’ which makes this panel timely,” said Kim Powell, Luther professor of communications and women and gender studies board member. “This fall, a presentation at Luther by the Iowa Supreme Court Justice who authored the marriage act, as well as a WGST discussion event, celebrated diversity in marriage. The focus of the March 16 panel will be on the forces aiming to overturn same-sex marriage in Iowa.”

Panelists will include two local couples, Bill Musser and Otter Dreaming, and Ginger Mayette and Lynda Erickson. Other panelists are Emily Holley, Luther class of 2007, and Ryan Crane from the One Iowa Education Fund.    

Formed in 2005, One Iowa is the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender advocacy organization committed to full equality for LGBT individuals.     

Through grassroots efforts, education, and assistance from political allies, One Iowa recently worked to pass civil rights legislation protecting the LGBT community against employment and housing discrimination and safe schools legislation establishing anti-bullying policies in Iowa schools.    

For more information regarding the panel discussion, contact Kim Powell, email [email protected].