ACLU attorney, law grad: What’s next for LGBT rights?
Shelbi Day, staff attorney with ACLU of Florida’s LGBT Advocacy Project, spoke Thursday night about what is next for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LBGT) community after Amendment 2, which limits marriage to being between a man and a woman, passed in Florida. Day (JD 02) said the 2008 election evoked mixed emotions from many of the LGBT community, since anti-gay ballot initiatives were passed in four states. “We watched the broader, bigger society take what I would consider this giant step forward toward equality,” Day said, referring to the election of Barack Obama. “But that was sort of undercut, at least for me, by the feeling that the LGBT community got left behind.” Amendment 2 should not limit domestic partnerships based on what the Florida Supreme Court has said, but that is not true equality, Day said. The ACLU and other organizations will continue to fight for equality for all despite the measures passed in four states, Day said. “Every social movement has its setbacks,” Day said. “There are always bumps in the road. We know, in looking back at history, that change that really matters is never easy. The path to equality is never smooth are easy.”