Saturday February 16 was the day of the conference. It was a beautiful day.
Dr. Paul Kerry, Brigham Young University, spoke on the Family and the Republic.
Dr. Brad Wilcox University of Virginia was the keynote speaker. His lecture was titled Put a Ring On It: Why Marriage Matters for Couples, Children, and the Country.
Dr. Mark Regnerus, University of Texas shared his research on the differences of adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships. In his lecture he shared his statistics from his study on all different family trypes including traditional, single, divorced, when one parent is dead, along with the same-sex parents.
Dr. Robert Lerman, American University shared his research on how family patterns affect the economic well-being of Americans.
Dawn Eden is a theologian and author of Thrill of the Chaste and My Peace I Give unto You. She spoke on chastity
Sherif Girgis is a PhD and JD candidate from Yale University. His lecture was the address that caught the protestors attention. His lecture is titled What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. He discussed the same-sex marriage issue from a logical argument. He put aside personal bias and discussed the facts about what same-sex marriage would do to the institution of marriage. He said that is we allow two same-sex couples to marry than we logically would have to allow all forms of companionship to be married as well. A couple of examples of companions who might seek for these benefits would be polyanmorous relationships and two siblings who live together without a sexual relationship. The protestors were silent during the lecture but did have a lot of questions for Sherif. The Q&A sessions was extended for his lecture so all the question could be answered.
Lynn Wardle, JD, from Brigham Young University was our last speaker of the evening. He focused his lecture on same-sex marraige and how the image of marriage and families is changing nationally and globally.
Overall the conference was a wonderful success! Everything went smoothly thanks to Lyndon's careful planning, all the volunteers who helped all through the conference, and our friends who watched Cosette for the day. It is wonderful to know that there are people out there who support our cause.