Diversity Insights Breakfast Series

Thursday, October 17, 8:00 AM

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Marriage Equality and Employee Benefits: Implications for Organizations of the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

Last June, the Supreme Court struck down the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that had barred the government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. They also, in effect, reinstated marriage equality in California, which – along with several states that had recently granted the right — brought the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 13, plus the District of Columbia. Now organizations around the country are faced with the messy reality of how to apply these legal changes to the benefits they offer their employees and in what jurisdictions.

Two experts — one a lawyer and advocate, the other a representative of a Fortune 500 company — will help us understand the implications of these changes in law, how they will affect employee benefits going forward and what to expect on the horizon.


Lee Anderson is the director of state and local government relations for General Mills. Anderson served as the founding chair of Project 515, leading the legal research that uncovered the 515 laws which discriminate against families based on marriage. An attorney who has worked with the Minnesota Legislature for more than 15 years on staff and as a lobbyist, Anderson is an active member of the local and national public affairs community. 

Phil Duran is the legal director of OutFront Minnesota, an LGBT rights organization. Duran chairs the Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity subcommittee of the Minnesota Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice. He is currently president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and is a member of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Additionally, he is a past member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and a founding board member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.

8-8:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast buffet
8:30-10:30 a.m. | Program

$40 per person; free for current students, staff and faculty

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Event Details:
Thursday, October 17, 8:00 AM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Opus Hall
Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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