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Driving Rosa Parks: Lessons from Jo Becker’s book, ‘Forcing the Spring’

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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For all the consternation the book "Forcing the Spring" has caused, Jo Becker’s trespass in portraying American Foundation for Equal Rights founder Chad Griffin as the Rosa Parks in the fight for marriage equality is not much worse than all the many times newspapers, magazines, and even knowledgeable people in the LGBT community have casually pronounced Stonewall as the start of the gay civil rights movement and rioting drag queens as the pioneers. The movement started decades earlier, and its pioneers were people who pushed back against discrimination in many different ways...

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HRC plans three-year LGBT rights campaign in three Deep South states

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization is launching a three-year, $8.5 million campaign to promote LGBT equality and push for new legal protections in three Southern states dominated by conservative politics and religion and known for resistance to change: Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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Book ignites media slugfest over history of marriage equality movement

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book Tuesday on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, “Forcing the Spring,” by The New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately.

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Ark. economic development chief backs effort to legalize same-sex marriage

| Monday, July 8, 2013
Grant Tennille
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' top economic development official on Monday called for legalizing gay marriage and said that treating same sex couples equally under the law could make the state a leader in the South and attract new business.

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Participants to history: Plaintiffs depart for historic day at Supreme Court

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin and plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, met with reporters earlier this morning, before departing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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HRC statement: ‘We mourn today’s horrific tragedy’ in Newtown, Conn.

| Friday, December 14, 2012
Chad Griffin
HRC: “The entire HRC family mourns today’s horrific tragedy in Newtown. We extend condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims as well as to the entire state of Connecticut which is still reeling from this senseless act violence."

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HRC to take part in White House talks with civic leaders

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, November 16, 2012
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The Human Rights Campaign is set to take part in a White House meeting as part of a group of 13 civic leaders, the Washington Blade has learned.

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Advocacy groups decry study that suggests negative outcomes for kids of gay parents

| Monday, June 11, 2012
Mark Regnerus
WASHINGTON -- Leading LGBT advocacy organizations on Monday widely criticized a study released by right-wing conservative author Mark Regnerus of the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, that made several claims of negative outcomes for children raised by gay and lesbian parents.

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All-star reading of Prop 8 trial play raises $2 million toward marriage equality fight

| Monday, March 5, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- A star-studded benefit reading of of Dustin Lance Black's play "8," featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, raised more than $2 million Saturday night for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), and gave YouTube viewers around the world a rare glimpse into the historic trial of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Chad Griffin named president of Human Rights Campaign

| Friday, March 2, 2012
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The founder and president of a high-profile California-based LGBT rights group has been named as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC announced Friday that Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation of Equal Rights, will succeed Joe Solmonese as president.

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