Panel: New Evidence On Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
(Social Equity (includes Ethnicity, Race & Gender))

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Adams (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Christopher Carpenter, University of California, Irvine
Moderators:  H. Elizabeth Peters, Urban Institute and Daniel L. Fay, The University of Georgia
Chairs:  Janice Madden, University of Pennsylvania

LGBT rights are some of the most high profile public policy issues facing policymakers today. From same-sex marriage to antidiscrimination policies, these issues are at the forefront of local, state, and national debates about the appropriate role for public policy in shaping economic and social outcomes for sexual minorities. These issues can also generate strong emotions on both sides, and too often social scientific research is ignored or underutilized for informing these debates. The theme and purpose of this panel is to provide new evidence on the extent and effects of LGBT public policies on socioeconomic, family, and health outcomes.

Effects of Legalized Same-Sex Marriage On Family Formation: Evidence From Massachusetts
Christopher Carpenter, University of California, Irvine

Diffusion of Antidiscrimination Policies for Sexual Orientation
Marieka Klawitter, University of Washington and Danielle Fumia, University of Washington-Seattle