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More than Same Sex Marriage: Law, Health, and Defining Family
Start Date: 3/6/2013Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 3/6/2013End Time: 5:30 PM

Event Description:

Keynote Speaker: Karen Thompson

Legal Commentator: Kate Kendell, JD, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Medical Commentator: Eric Widera, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center,  Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF 

About the Keynote Speaker: Karen Thompson retired after 36 years as a professor at St. Cloud State University. She gained national recognition following the November 13, 1983 car accident of her partner Sharon Kowalski.  Sharon sustained a traumatic brain injury after a drunk driver hit her car.  Following the accident, Sharon’s biological family refused to acknowledge or accept Sharon’s relationship with Karen and kept them apart for more than 3 ½ years.

As a result of these actions, Karen came out and began her nearly decade long legal battle for guardianship and for Sharon’s right to come home.  She spoke across the country not just to tell the story of her fight for Sharon to move home, but also to raise awareness for legal protection for lesbian and gay relationships.

Co-SponsorsUCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, UC Hastings Faculty Colloquium Series,OUTLAW Student Organization

Update: This event was recorded and part 1 can be found here.

A photo from the event can be found in the attachments.

Location Information:
UC Hastings - Mary Kay Kane Hall  (View Map)
200 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
San Francisco
Room: ARC
Contact Information:
Name: Roxy Bischoff
Karen Thompson
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    > More than Same Sex Marriage Panel
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