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HRC Kicks Off Southern Tour in Little Rock

This morning HRC's Chad Griffin kicked off a week-long tour of Southerns states in his home state of Arkansas. At a news conference at the Capitol building in Little Rock, he spoke about the two Americas - the one where LGBT people enjoy basic equality under the law, and the other, like in Arkansas, where they don't.

Griffin also unveiled a bipartisan poll commissioned by HRC that showed while challenges here in Arkansas remain, there is also a world of opportunity. A convincing majority of Arkansans believe it's wrong to fire someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. And, most telling for the future of full equality in Arkansas: huge numbers of Arkansans know LGBT people as friends, family members, or co-workers. This is what changes hearts and minds - and ultimately laws.

The bipartisan poll also found that 61 percent of Arkansans under aegwww 30 support marriage equality. In addition, 82 percent of people mistakenly believe federal law protects LGBT people from employment discrimination and 64 percent of Arkansans believe it does more harm than good when a religious leader condemns LGBT people.

Following Griffin at the news conference was Rep. Deborah Ferguson, Rep. Greg Leding, Kathy Webb, Former State Rep; Ty Stacey, Student at the University of Arkansas, Grant Tenille, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission; James Rector, Board president, Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality; and Ruth Shepherd, Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas.

Stay tuned for more from Little Rock this afternoon.

Photo (c) April L. Brown for AP/ HRC

HRC president Chad Griffin 

Rep. Deborah Ferguson, HRC president Chad Griffin and Rep. Greg Leding

Ty Stacey, Student at the University of Arkansas

Grant Tenille, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

James Rector, Board president, Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality

Ruth Shepherd, Executive Director of Just Communities of Arkansas

HRC president Chad Griffin with his nephew Griffin Ralph.

 

 

 

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