LGBT rights-related laws, particularly those  applying to  family and  marriage, vary by state. Currently, thirty-six states plus Washington, D.C. offer marriage to same-sex couples; all of them recognized by the federal government and Missouri, but not by the remaining thirteen states. As the U.S. continues to become more racially diversified, the need  for federal and state political and legislative action pertaining to anti-discrimination, civil rights and sex orientation becomes increasingly more complex. On Wednesday, January 21st, Malcolm Lazin an attorney,  Executive Director of the Equality Forum and a prosecutor decorated by the US Department of Justice will lead an Einstein’s Circle discussion on  advocacy and obstacles in the evolutionary history of same-sex marriage, including the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the State of Florida. 

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