We are proud to spotlight our Creative Director Katie Kelty and share her experience in a panel discussion alongside one of the lawyers and two plaintiffs in the Kentucky same sex marriage case that is heading to the Supreme Court in May.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Katie.
Q: Who hosted the panel?
A: The panel was hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and addressed both the students and faculty. Since this has been an important topic in the local and national news, we felt this would be a timely conversation to have on campus.
Q: What kind of topics came out of the panel discussion?
A: The topics were broad and ranged from the status of the marriage equality movement to the evolution of the nuclear/traditional family to what’s next for civil rights in the United States. The definition of a nuclear family, as defined by Webster is: “the part of a family that includes only the father, mother, and children.” However, in 2015 this model has taken on a much different shape.
All four of the panelists have families that fall outside of this definition. Two moms, two dads, and a single mom were all represented and were able to attest to their experiences as a family with only one gender present. I was asked about how I would respond to the assumption that my child will be without a male influence in his life, and I chuckled because having a household that is without a male figure is not something new to me and having a household with two strong female role models is also not new. There will be equally strong men in our child’s life; we don’t live in a vacuum.
The other panelists explained how the involvement of birthmothers, neighbors and church allows their children to see a variety of family structures. All the panelists agreed that it is more important for children to see healthy relationships and families than anything else. The form that family takes is secondary.
Q: Why was it important that you participate?
A: It is important for me to be involved because if you are not willing to advocate for your own rights, you cannot expect others to take up your cause. I don’t try to represent all lesbians or nontraditional families because I am an individual, not a movement. That is the focus for me during these conversations. To emphasize that I am, we all are, more than our demographic information.