The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, February 14, meeting will feature a conversation about Marriage Equality in California and the Nation with Chris Riley, Northern California Field Director for Equality California.

The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning between 7:15-7:30 p.m. depending on the length of our agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

Momentum for marriage equality has been growing — including four victories for equality on ballots during the November 2012 election and the Supreme Court's recent decisions to review the Constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This is an active policy and political issue and we look forward to a comprehensive update on what is happening and what our club members can do to advance this cause.

Chris Riley has over 25 years of professional political organizing experience, with an emphasis on grassroots social justice movements. From serving as the co-chair of the Michigan delegation to the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in 1993, to her current work for Equality California as the Northern California Field Director, Chris has consistently combined her strategic and planning skills with her passion for fairness and equity.

Chris has worked as Campaign Manager for the successful election bid of Michigan State Representative Marie Donigan, the Political Director for the Oakland County Democratic Party, worked as a Field Organizer for the No On 8/Equality For All campaign and as Field Director for MassEquality. She lives in Mountain View and is a devoted fan of Motown.

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