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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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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 [...]

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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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Biden calls on Congress to pass LGBT inclusive workplace discrimination bill

Sunday, March 23, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. [...]

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Chelsea Clinton: LGBT rights are ‘the unfinished business of the 21st century’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Chelsea Clinton
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made "incredible progress" on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. [...]

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Ohio advocacy groups split on support for marriage equality amendment

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As it works to educate Ohioans on the need for marriage equality, a coalition of state and national advocacy groups says it opposes another organization’s effort to win Ohioans marriage equality at the ballot box this fall. [...]

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Groups organizing ballot push to repeal Nevada same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — Several groups are organizing a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the Nevada constitution to allow same-sex marriages, while a federal court prepares to hear a legal challenge against the state's constitutional ban. [...]

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