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04/19/2007


HRC President Chad Griffin and NOM's Brian Brown Debate The Future Of Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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HRC's Chad Griffin and NOM's Brian Brown faced off on This Week to debate the future of gay marriage in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions. 

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 3.18.44 PMSaid Griffin:

"We will fight this battle on all fronts. We'll fight it at the ballot box where there are opportunities. We'll fight it at the state legislature. And ultimately this will come back to our federal courts...I have all expectations that we will [win]. 30 percent of America, thanks to these decisions, now live in states with marriage equality. It's going to be very difficult to deny equal rights to those who live in other states when the next case ultimately reaches the court."

Brown, meanwhile, drew comparison between his move to rollback legal gay marriage wherever it exists and Abraham Lincoln's belief that we "can't have a country half slave and half free."

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Prop 8 Plaintiffs Leave for Supreme Court: PHOTO

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HRC President Chad Griffin posted this to his Facebook page moments ago. Sandy Stier, Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, the Prop 8 plaintiffs, heading to the Supreme Court.

Big day ahead. Good luck everyone!

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HRC President Chad Griffin Reacts to Obama Inauguration Speech: VIDEO

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HRC President Chad Griffin spoke with Andrea Mitchell about Obama's inaugural address:

"The President really has begun his legacy on this issue. This civil rights moment in our history. He has done that in his first term and it's now time to take it to the next step and to really fully bring about full and complete equality under the law. Because as long as our government discriminates, it gives license to everyone else to discriminate."

Griffin also talked about Chuck Hagel:

"We've accepted his apology with regard to what he said. I look forward to hearing how he plans to fully implement the repeal of DADT and bring about equal benefits to all our men and women serving in uniform in this country."

Mitchell also asks about DOMA, Prop. 8, and the Supreme Court.

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Paul Ryan Says His Position is 'Very Clear' on ENDA, Chats with HRC's Chad Griffin at Baldwin Reception: VIDEO

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Think Progress caught up with Rep. Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill on Thursday and asked him about LGBT non-discrimination legislation.

Says Ryan: "My position is very clear on ENDA."

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Think Progress notes that Ryan's position, unfortunately, is not so clear.

When he was tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, the Log Cabin Republicans lauded his 2007 vote for the bill, his only pro-LGBT vote ever. However, Ryan personally lobbied its sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), to strip transgender protections from that version of the bill, a move that divided the LGBT community. Since then, every version of ENDA proposed by Democrats has included both sexual orientation and gender identity. Ryan refused to clarify his position during the campaign — most likely because of Romney’s opposition — and his position on a trans-inclusive bill remains muddled.

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Griffin_ryanIn related news, HRC President Chad Griffin was snapped by the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson chatting with Ryan, who attended fellow Wisconsinite Tammy Baldwin's swearing-in reception:

Later, Griffin told the Blade he wanted to speak with him because LGBT advocates can’t only talk with their allies.

“Look, it’s just as important that we talk to our friends as it is that we talk to those who are often against us,” Griffin said. “And so, I introduced myself and thanked him for being here at Tammy’s event and told them I hope we can find some things together to work together on.”

Asked for specifics on what they could find in common, Griffin replied, “It was a private conversation. So, I’ll leave it at that. But it was general conversation about my desire to find some common ground on things.”

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HRC President Chad Griffin Talks to NPR About Growing Up Gay in Arkansas: VIDEO

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NPR follows HRC President Chad Griffin back to his home state of Arkansas and talks to Griffin and his childhood friends about what it was like to grow up gay there, and his high school job at Walmart!

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Executive Order on ENDA, LGBT Cabinet Member Among Requests HRC Has for President Obama

An executive order on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act "as soon as possible" is at the top of list of requests Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin has for President Obama now that the election is over, he indicated in phone calls with reporters, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner reports:

Chad_griffinThe White House said in April said Obama was declining to sign the order “at this time, but, following the election, Griffin argues that Obama needs to sign it “as soon as possible."

Griffin said he doesn't know if it will happen before the end of the year, but added that he is pushing for that, saying, "Since my first conversations there, it’s something I’ve pushed for, I’ve urged, privately and publicly. We will continue to do that."

Chris Johnson at the Blade adds:

“We need to acknowledge that although we certainly made some gains in the Senate, and potentially some gains in the House, we are still short of having a vote for an inclusive ENDA in the House,” Griffin said. “We need to be realistic about that.”...

“It is my hope and belief that we can get an executive order out of this White House,” Griffin said. “It is something that should be done and we will continue to urge our newly re-elected president to do. That would not be the full solution, but it would be a step toward the end goal.”

HochbergAlso, Griffin would like to see the apppointment of an LGBT cabinet member, Geidner adds:

"We made historic progress with president Obama in terms of our openly LGBT appointments across the board," he said. "We now have the opportunity, and I hope this president and this White House will seize the opportunity to have the first openly LGBT Cabinet secretary, the first openly LGBT G-8 ambassador, and across the board with administrative appointments and judges as well."

Groups like HRC, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and others, as well as LGBT activists more broadly, have long been pushing for an out LGBT cabinet member, and the urging is likely to continue in earnest as Obama's makes changes for his second-term cabinet.

Among those out gay people whose names are raised most often by advocates for possible appointments are John Berry, the head of the Office of Personnel Management; Fred Hochberg (bottom photo), the head of the Export-Import Bank; and Mary Kay Henry, the head of the Service Employees International Union.

Also on everyone's mind is getting rid of DOMA, which may soon be addressed by the Supreme Court, but given the composition of Congress, has few chances at a legislative repeal.


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