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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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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Susan Collins
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 of ...

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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
David Pepper
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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Fired teachers seek audience with Pope over Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Pope Francis
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholics schools for either being LGBT, or supporting an LGBT family member.

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Seventh Mississippi town passes resolution recognizing LGBT citizens

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Waveland, Miss.
WAVELAND, Miss. -- The city council in Waveland City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the "dignity and worth of all city residents" -- including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

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HRC kicks-off campaign for LGBT equality laws in three southern states

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Chad Griffin
JACKSON, Miss. -- The national LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

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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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HRC official to join Conn. senator’s office as chief of staff

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Allison Herwitt
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A government relations chief for the Human Rights Campaign is joining Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy's office as his chief of staff.

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