Since Chad Griffin took over the reins of the Human Rights Campaign last June, three US states made history by passing ballot measures making gay marriage legal.
Now the head of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US is looking ahead to 2013 with even more ambitious goals.
‘Campaigns are gearing up to pass marriage equality in the state legislatures of Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island in 2013 – some potentially in the next few months,’ Griffin writes in a letter sent to supporters this week in which he is seeking end-of-the-year donations to HRC.
Griffin points out that the state action is occurring as the US Supreme Court prepares, for the first time, to tackle the issue of marriage equality. The high court has agreed to review cases involving California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
‘With the stakes this high, it’s time to get to work passing marriage equality in as many states as possible in the lead-up to the court’s decision,’ Griffin writes.
In November, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington made gay marriage legal while voters in Minnesota rejected a ballot measure that would have limited marriage in that state to being between a man and a woman.
‘Our landslide victories in November showed exactly how powerful this movement has become,’ Griffin points out. ‘We ran our largest-ever election mobilization in history, and went four-for-four in the states – passing marriage equality at the ballot for the first time in history. We elected the first-ever openly gay senator and openly bisexual member of Congress. And we helped re-elect the first sitting President ever to support marriage equality.’
In addition to the Supreme Court cases and winning marriage equality in additional states, Griffin says top priorities for 2013 include pushing for an executive order that will require any company working with the federal government to have protections for its LGBT employees and working closely with regional partners to outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination in Utah, West Virginia, and cities like San Antonio in Texas.