FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
EDITOR'S ADVISORY: SRU hosts Deliberative Poll Saturday
As a follow up to a news release we issued earlier, this is a reminder that Slippery Rock University is one of four sites across the commonwealth hosting a Deliberative Poll on the Issue of Marriage in America. Discussions will center on "Who should be allowed to marry."
The SRU sessions open at 9 a.m. Saturday in Strain Behavioral Science Building and discussion sessions will take place in Strain and the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.
Media planning to attend any or all of the event are encouraged to call 724-738-2199.
The program, the first for Pennsylvania, is sponsored by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy and the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy at Chatham University.
Preliminary poll results will be available online by 6:30 p.m. at http://caae.phil.cmu.edu/caae/dp/. Details about the process are also available at the site.
Activities at SRU are being coordinated by Sharon Sykora, associate professor of political science, and Katherine Cooklin, assistant professor of philosophy.
A Deliberative Poll is a new democratic decision-making process that works to articulate the informed voice of the people. Deliberative Polls allow a group of citizens to come together for immersion on the day's specific topic. "The goal is to provide information to create an informed electorate, the basis for our democracy," said Sykora.
Approximately 400 participants have been invited to join the process, more than 100 will participate at the SRU site. Other sites across the state are at Carnegie Mellon University, Shippensburg University and the Community College of Philadelphia.
Participants for the SRU and other sites were selected from a random sample of the population with names taken from voter registration records in counties surrounding the four sites. Those agreeing to participate were given background materials on the historical, religious and societal aspects of marriage. The materials also compare and contrast the Pennsylvania legislature's Marriage Protection Act with the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriages and the Vermont legislation that legalized civil unions in that state.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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