ACLU to Screen Gay Parent Documentary

On Tuesday, March 4, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah will screen the documentary Freedom to Parent: Lesbian and Gay Families at the Salt Lake Public Library (210 E 400 S)’s fourth floor conference room.

The short film was produced by the ACLU and discusses, largely through personal stories, the rights of gays and lesbians to raise children.

Kenneth Choe, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the showing. Choe is currently working on a case of Elizabeth Hadaway, a Georgia woman who was denied an adoption request and had the seven-year-old girl in her care taken away after a judge learned that Hadaway is a lesbian.

Choe will also be joined by Will Carlson, Manager of Public Policy for local gay rights group Equality Utah. Equality Utah has been at the forefront of lobbying for several pro-gay laws during the 2008 legislative session, including HB 318 – Utah Adoption Amendments. A bill seeking to allow gay and unmarried straight couples to adopt children, HB 318 was left to languish in the House Rules Committee this session.

The screening and discussion will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event, please contact Anna Brower at abrower@acluutah.org or (801) 521-9862, ext. 100.

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