Last week, HRC's President Chad Griffin spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the fight for marriage equality, his childhood in Arkansas, and what's next for the LGBT movement.
At one point, he was asked about what has motivated the major, nation-wide shift in public opinion in favor of marriage equality.
What accounts for the speed of the legal recognition of same-sex marriage compared to, say, women's suffrage or the abolition of slavery?
Harvey Milk said it first in the 1970s: The most important thing we can do is come out of the closet. Come out to your family and co-workers. When they get to know you, they will most likely not discriminate or think you should be treated as less than them. We're at a point where 9 out of 10 Americans say they have someone close to them who is LGBT. That one, they know someone too — they just don't know that they know it.
Having [former Bush administration Solicitor General] Ted Olson and [Al Gore's attorney in Bush vs. Gore] David Boies together [arguing against Proposition 8] allowed us to lift the partisan veil and shine the spotlight on the human face. For the first time in the history of this movement, we put discrimination on trial.
Chad is currently touring the South to support the fight for equality for all Americans.
You can read the rest of his interview here.