Advancing LGBT Civil Rights

National Same-Sex Marriage Panel

Saturday, May 5, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Maestro Room, 4th Floor
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

This panel takes a look at the progress made on the issue of marriage equality and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

Rebecca Isaacs (Moderator)
Executive Director
Equality Federation

Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation, is an attorney and leading advocate for LGBT equality. Previously, Isaacs served as Political Director at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

Nicole Berner-Kadish (Panelist)
Same-Sex Family Activist

Nicole Berner-Kadish and her partner Ruti, dual citizens of Israel and the U.S., successfully petitioned the Israeli government to recognize them as legal co-parents, setting a groundbreaking precedent for LGBT people in Israel.

Emily Hecht-McGowan (Panelist)
Director of Public Policy
Family Equality Council

Emily Hecht-McGowan is the Director of Public Policy for Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit organization working to ensure full social and legal equality for LGBT families.

Jonathan Lang (Panelist)
Director of Governmental Projects and Community Development
Empire State Pride Agenda

Jonathan Lang is the Director of Governmental Projects and Community Development for the Empire State Pride Agenda and is responsible for overseeing  the Pride Agenda’s advocacy activities.

Jennifer Pizer , Esq. (Panelist)
Legal Director
Willliams Institute

Jennifer C. Pizer is the Legal Director for the Williams Institute at UCLA. Pizer co-authored California’s domestic partnership law. She frequently advises federal, state and local policymakers on LGBT issues.

Irit Rosenblum , Esq. (Panelist)
Founder and Executive Director
New Family Organization

Irit Rosenblum, Founder and Executive Director, New Family Organization,   pioneered a new sphere of family law that creates new families without discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.


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