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The Bar Association of San Francisco Holds Roundtable on Prop 8 Topics
Panel members worked to develop action plan to bring the community together


December 16, 2008 - San Francisco - The Bar Association of San Francisco's Marriage Fairness Task Force hosted a roundtable discussion Friday, December 12, 2008, on "The Intersection: Race, Religion, the Law and Prop 8," which featured renowned panelists from the Bay Area religious, legal and LGBT communities.

Organized and moderated by Yolanda Jackson, BASF's deputy executive director and diversity director, panel members candidly discussed critical race, religion and Constitutional issues for their community post-Proposition 8.

Panel members included the Rev. Dr. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP and pastor Third Baptist Church; Daniel Dean, Esq., co-chair Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom; Father Geoff Farrow, a Catholic priest and formally affiliated with the Newman Center; Andrea Shorter, And Marriage 4 All; Susan Griffin, Esq., pastor United Methodist Church; George Holland, Sr., Esq., president Oakland Chapter NAACP; Rabbi Douglas Kahn, executive director Jewish Community Relations Council; Khurshid Khoja, Esq., president South Asian Bar Association and board member Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers; Cecilia Lee, Esq., president Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area; Arturo Sandoval, Esq., president San Francisco La Raza Lawyers; and Nedra Shawler, Esq., president Charles Houston Bar Association.

According to Jackson , "This discussion included many candid statements about race, religion and constitutional rights in our society.  The panelists were very direct in their opinions about the issues and very forthcoming in their recommendations on how to move forward on these issues.  There was dialogue on topics ranging from how one's religious beliefs may be in conflict with their interest in civil rights to how family rights factored into how people voted, to how the LGBT community needs to speak with one voice with a common theme on these issues and throughout various communities in order to raise awareness."

Panel members agreed that Proposition 8 was a civil rights issue and they pledged to return to their communities and open the door to communication and start to channel negative emotions into positive ones.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

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