Delaware Campus Alumna Discusses LGBT Rights Efforts
Web Editor - Published: November 16, 2012

In this video excerpt, Lisa Goodman '94 discusses how she got involved in Delaware's LGBT rights movement.

“Is it the end of the road? No. Are we going to be fully engaged in going for marriage? Yes,” said Lisa Goodman ’94 of Equality Delaware’s future efforts after the group helped get the Delaware Civil Union and Equality Act passed. Goodman, the President of Equality Delaware and a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor returned to Widener Law’s Delaware campus on Tuesday, November 13th to speak to students about her work on behalf of LGBT rights.

The event, sponsored by Widener Law’s Delaware campus OUTLaw student organization, featured an informal interview style conversation with Goodman conducted by Professor John G. Culhane, who writes extensively on LGBT rights and is the co-author of the soon to be released Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies.

During the lunch-hour event, Goodman discussed how she became involved with the LGBT rights movement, why Equality Delaware opted to support a Civil Union bill instead of trying for a marriage equality bill, and future Equality Delaware legislative efforts.

Questioned about the broader civil rights context of the marriage equality struggle, Goodman observed, “Every generation has their battle. It’s never over.”

Goodman took a few questions from students in the audience at the conclusion of her event, addressing a variety of topics, including her thoughts on why marriage equality ballot initiatives in four states were successful on Election Day. In addition to the positive impact of President Obama coming out in support of marriage equality, Goodman indicated that changing demographics and an improved “ground game” by supporters of marriage equality led to the successful initiatives.