LGBT Rights: A Legal Perspective on the Same-Sex Marriage Movement


Dear Students,

The DLS Team, in collaboration with the Sundial, has the pleasure of inviting you to our next conference with Mr. Michael Margolies Konstantino, a foreign service officer with the US State Department, on Friday, November 29th.

Currently on assignment at the US Consulate General in Frankfurt, Mr. Konstantino has been in the US Foreign Service since 2000, serving as an intelligence analyst at the Department of State’s Intelligence and Research (INR) Bureau, at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv as an economic and consular officer, and at the US Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana as the consular chief. He served his first tour at Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

From 2012-2013, Mr. Konstantino was the Vice-President of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). GLIFAA, officially recognized by the U.S. State Department, represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) personnel and their families in the U.S. Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies and offices in the U.S. Government.

Mr. Konstantino will be speaking about the same-sex marriage movement in America with a comparison to Europe and France through the lens of differing legal systems and finally his own personal experience with the LGBT movement as a foreign service officer.

The lecture will, exceptionally, allow over half of the allotted time for audience questions, moderated by Rick Noack, editor of the Sundial. Please send your questions to Rick in advance by PM or at

***The conference will take place in the red lecture room starting at 1:30 PM and will be followed by an apero.


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