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Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. According to the HRC, it has more than one million members and supporters. Its current president is Chad Griffin.

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Ohio’s same-sex marriage debate goes beyond courtroom

Saturday, August 2, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The debate over Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage extends beyond the courtroom to libraries, community centers, living rooms and city streets. Supporters of same-sex marriage are holding town hall meetings and house parties to try to sway more Ohioans to their side. Other backers have circulated petitions [...]

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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk voices support for marriage equality

Friday, August 1, 2014
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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk voices his support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans For Marriage Equality" campaign. In the video, Hawk states, “We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal [...]

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HRC hires state leaders to promote LGBT equality in Mississippi, Alabama

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign has announced the hiring of two more state leaders as part of its Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three deeply conservative southern states. Rob Hill, a former clergyman, will lead the HRC's efforts in Mississippi, and Ashley Jackson, co-founder of [...]

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Activists urge Obama to include LGBT rights on Africa summit agenda

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights [...]

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

Monday, July 28, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million [...]

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Susan Sarandon joins ‘Americans For Marriage Equality’ campaign

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Susan Sarandon voices her support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans For Marriage Equality" campaign. Sarandon, who divorced in 1979 and later spent 21 years with former partner Tim Robbins, said, “While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you [...]

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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PORTLAND, Maine -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins has come out in support of same-sex marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. The Maine Republican provided her personal view when asked by several news organizations. She said she agrees with the decision [...]

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Judge dismisses most of NOM lawsuit against IRS over disclosure to HRC

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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A federal district court judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit by the National Organization for Marriage that claimed an employee of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service deliberately leaked a confidential tax document from NOM to a political opponent, the Human Rights Campaign. [...]

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HRC endorses Ohio AG candidate who says he’ll stop defending marriage ban

Monday, June 2, 2014
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The HRC has endorsed David Pepper for Ohio attorney general, marking just the second time ever that the national LGBT civil rights group has weighed in on a state-level non-gubernatorial race. The clincher, according to HRC: incumbent Mike DeWine’s ongoing defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Queer Nation blasts HRC for ‘hypocrisy’ on LGBT workplace protections

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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NEW YORK — The gay rights activist group Queer Nation this week blasted the the Human Rights Campaign, the national’s largest LGBT lobbying group, for condemning Vatican hiring policies while it lobbies for passage of a workplace discrimination bill that includes religious protections. [...]

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