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Roanoke Hosts Forum on Marriage

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SALEM, VA—A forum entitled “Responses to the Virginia Marriage Amendment” will be held at the Roanoke College Colket Center in Salem, Va. on Sunday, October 22 at 4 p.m.  Speakers will include Del. James Shuler, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, who represents the 12th District; Sen. John Edwards, who represents the 21st District in the Virginia General Assembly; Dr. Jennifer Maclean, associate professor of religion at Roanoke College; and Cathy Fischer, a member of the Metropolitan Community Church in Roanoke.  The Rev. Bill Caperton will moderate. 

The forum is being sponsored by the Covenant Network of Presbyterians of the Blue Ridge and Roanoke College’s Colket Center. 

This November, citizens of Virginia will be asked to vote on a proposed Constitutional Amendment to the Virginia Bill of Rights.  The purpose of this forum is to address critically some of the legal, political, Biblical, theological, and familial issues raised by the amendment. 

 Panelists will be asked to address questions such as: Will the amendment punish families or strengthen them?  What of the claim made by proponents of the amendment that it will codify the “God-ordained structure of marriage?”  Is the amendment necessary, and is the Virginia Bill of Rights the proper place to legislate on the issues of marriage?  There will also be a period of time for questions and answers. Please join us for a lively discussion of these and related issues.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,970 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For more information or directions to the forum, please call 540-378-5125.