Whitewood vs. Wolf Plaintiffs, Neshaminy High School and Others to Be Honored at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner

by Josh Middleton | September 4, 2014 1:06 pm

whitewood family

Whitewood family

Though we still have a ways to go, it’s hard to deny that it’s been an amazing year in Pennsylvania when it comes to securing LGBT rights. I mean, hello, we can get married now!

To reflect on this monumental achievement, the ACLU-PA will honor some of those who helped us attain it at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner[1], happening on October 8th at the National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East).

Among the evening’s honorees will be plaintiffs in the marriage equality-attaining Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit[2]; the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller[3], who co-counseled plaintiffs in the Whitewood vs. Wolf case; and the Neshaminy High School[4] newspaper editorial board members who fought for the right to exclude the word “Redskins,” the name of their school football team, from print because of its racist overtones. A volunteer service award will be presented to local attorney Larry Felzer, who will be honored by the ACLU as an “outstanding ACLU-PA volunteer, LGBT rights advocate, and leading ACLU supporter and fundraiser.” Felzer is also director of development and finance at SeniorLAW Center[5], and he helps organize the annual Gay Nights at the Phillies.

The event will be emceed by Michael Coard, community activist, and host at WURD 900AM, and a keynote will be delivered by Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project—and attorney for Edward Snowden—Ben Wizner.

The Bill of Rights Dinner takes place on Wednesday, October 8th, starting at 6 p.m.. Tickets and more information can be found here[6].


  1. Bill of Rights Dinner: http://www.aclupa.org/takeaction/events/2014-bill-rights-dinner/2014-bill-rights-dinner-award-winners/
  2. Whitewood vs. Wolf lawsuit: http://www.aclupa.org/our-work/legal/legaldocket/whitewood-et-al-v-wolf-et-al/
  3. Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller: http://www.hangley.com/
  4. Neshaminy High School: http://www.neshaminy.org/nhs
  5. SeniorLAW Center: http://seniorlawcenter.org/
  6. here: http://www.aclupa.org/takeaction/events/2014-bill-rights-dinner/2014-bill-rights-dinner-award-winners/

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