June 27, 2008: APSA Revises Site Selection Policy for Meetings, 2012 Annual Meeting Remains in New Orleans APSA Press Release

For Immediate Release
Bahram Rajaee, (202) 483-2512

American Political Science Association Revises Site Selection Policy for Meetings, 2012 Annual Meeting Remains in New Orlean

Washington, D.C.—The Council of the American Political Science Association voted yesterday to revise its site selection policy for meetings but not to move the association’s Annual Meeting from New Orleans in 2012. The new policy is aimed at speaking out against state legal restrictions on same-sex unions, reflecting a preference for engaging with the state of Louisiana on these issues rather than to boycott New Orleans.

The vote by the Council was based on concerns that Article 4, paragraph 15 of the Louisiana state constitution, adopted in 2004, discriminates against the rights of same-sex couples and their families.  For example, association members attending the APSA Annual Meeting may not be permitted to make medical decisions on behalf of their partner or family members.

Concerns brought forth by APSA members regarding the Louisiana constitution raised questions regarding the association’s site selection policy for its Annual Meeting—in particular, the selection of New Orleans as the location for the 2012 meeting.  In April 2008 the APSA Council sought member feedback and formed a subcommittee to review the responses, 850 of which were received by June 2008.

“The APSA Council has engaged in an open, deliberative, and comprehensive process to consider the range of our members’ views on the Association’s site selection policy,” stated APSA President Dianne Pinderhughes following the Council vote. “The decision was reached through wide-ranging consultation with members and revises the Association’s policy in this area.”

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The American Political Science Association (est. 1903) is the leading professional organization for the study of politics and has over 14,000 members in 80 countries. For more news and information about political science research visit the APSA media website, www.politicalsciencenews.org.

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