Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Brief and unofficial list of siting controversies over time

  • Segregation: The Southern Political Science Association for many years restricted itself to the two locations with hotels that would allow unsegregated meetings
  • ERA: APSA pulled out of a meeting scheduled in Chicago because the state of Illinois had refused to pass the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday: APSA officially adopted a policy not to meet in states that did not have an MLK Day holiday
  • Anti-sodomy laws: activists tried but failed to persuade the national leadership to adopt a policy refusing to site in locations that maintained anti-sodomy laws targeting lesbians and gay men
  • Same-sex marriage: in 2004, the LGBT status committee opened discussions with the APSA leadership about not siting annual meetings in states that had banned same-sex marriage

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