Chautauqua Lecture Topic: Strategy in the Gay Rights Debate

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In recent years, public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of same-sex marriage, especially among college students. But the shift has led to new conflicts, as well as questions about how to coexist in a society where diverse sides have strong convictions.

Dr. John Corvino, also known as “The Gay Moralist,” will draw on his two decades of experience in the culture wars when he delivers a Chautauqua lecture at Eastern Kentucky University.

Corvino, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Wayne State University and author of “What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?” will speak Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. His talk, entitled “Persuade or Shun?: Strategy in the Gay Rights Debate,” is free and open to the public.

“Some believe that it’s appropriate to marginalize those who continue to oppose marriage equality, shunning them much as we would those who exhibit racist beliefs,” Corvino said. “Others find the analogy to racism inapt at best and offensive at worst.”

Corvino is also the co-author, with Maggie Gallagher, of “Debating Same-Sex Marriage.” Until 2011, his column, “The Gay Moralist,” appeared weekly at He also has contributed to Advocate, Los Angeles Times, Independent Gay Forum, Huffington Post, New Republic, Commonweal and The New York Times. In the past 20 years, he has spoken at more than 200 college campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics and marriage.

The Corvino lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Cultural Center, and the Honors Program.

For more information about the 2014-15 Chautauqua series at EKU, visit, or contact Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen at

Published on September 05, 2014

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