Keynote Speech Highlights Same-Sex Marriage at SF State Constitution Day

Thursday, September 24, 2015
BAY AREA REPORTER -- San Francisco State University marked Constitution Day with a conference that looked at various rights and topics, including marriage equality. The two-day conference included workshops, film screenings, and speeches. The school has a long and proud tradition of organizing Constitution Day lectures, conferences and events, according to Marc Stein, an SFSU professor of History. One of the highlights was the September 17 keynote address by David Cruz, a law professor at University of Southern California. During his remarks, Cruz noted that there are many areas where the LGBT movement still needs to be pushing for social justice. One of the most important is LGBT youth, who Cruz said are dramatically overrepresented among homeless youth, not only in big cities but throughout the whole country. “Many LGBT youth find themselves homeless,” he said. “They are being cast away from their family homes and rejected because of sexual orientation.”