Renowned lawyer who defends the gay rights

Renowned lawyer who defends the gay rights

Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas is a defender of equal rights for LGBT individuals and supporter for same sex marriages. He is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.

Kefalas started his career at CPK Sports Magazine in 1994 as the founder and Editor-in-Chief until 2001. He continued his career as Legal Assistant in 2002 at Ehrlich Steele Transition, Inc. In January 2003 and until 2007, he was the Deputy Legal Counsel at the Office of Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and was the youngest attorney ever appointed to that position. From this position he counseled the Governor, his Senior Staff and Cabinet Secretaries on issues of constitutional law, criminal law and commercial law. He developed communication strategies and served as a spokesperson on selected legal issues.

“Let’s get the government … into the business of equal rights,” the Republican lawyer Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas, former Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Robert L. Ehrlich wrote in Baltimore Sun, on November 6, 2008.

He offered those words at a time when no leading Republican – and even many Democrats – in his state and across the country had embraced equal rights for LGBT individuals and while public support for same-sex marriage stood at only 36% nationwide according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

“Denying people a civil right because of the gender of the person they love is inconsistent with the core principles of our Republic and the animating principles — individual liberty, personal freedom, and limited government — that gave rise to a movement and party that I call home,” Kefalas told Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

On November 6, 2012, voters in Maryland along with those in Maine and Washington state, approved same-sex marriage, marking the first time marriage rights have been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.

From January 2008 to August 2013, he was a trial and appellate attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice. He also represented the Secretary of Health and Human Services and overseeing a docket of more than 300 cases.

From September 2013 to August 2014, Kefalas was the Deputy Speechwriter for the Attorney General within the U.S Department of Justice.

From August 2014 and until present he is the Vice President of executive communications at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Chrysovalantis Kefalas was born on 28 September 1979. He studied English Literature at Loyola University Maryland (1997-2001) in Baltimore and Juris Doctor at the University of Baltimore School of Law (2001-2004).

He is a second-generation Greek American .

“Being Greek is what defines me to many. I am very proud of my Greek heritage,” he said about his Greek origin.