Church hosts speaker on marriage amendment

(Published October. 24, 2006, 3:38 p.m.)

Mark Noel, a member of Fair Wisconsin of Madison, will speak about the proposed marriage amendment at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes in Elkhorn.

The organization is advocating defeat of the amendment in a statewide referendum Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Noel will emphasize that amendment would deny civil unions and marriage for lesbian and gay couples. Also, the amendment would threaten other legal protections such as domestic partner benefits for all unmarried couples.

Noel, a 36-year-old Madison resident, will graduate next spring with a law degree from UW-Madison, so he also has a legal perspective on the amendment. He regards it as restricting rather than protecting constitutional rights and dividing rather than uniting people.

Besides giving talks for Fair Wisconsin, Noel chairs QLaw, the lesbian and gay law student group at the university. He has worked for the Wisconsin Innocence Project and a large New York City law firm.

An Eagle Scout and long-time Scout leader, Noel was active in the Boy Scouts of America from age 10. However, scout executives at the Texas national headquarters kicked him out of the organization in 2000--against the wishes of his local troop, the troop's parents, and church--because he revealed he was gay in a local newspaper article.

The service is open to the public. The church is at 319 N. Broad St., Elkhorn. For information call (262) 723-7440 or e-mail





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