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Key Witness For Prop 8 Case Changes Heart, Now Supports Marriage Equality

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

In an op-ed that will run in tomorrow's New York Times, David Blankenhorn announced his views have changed on the issue of marriage equality.  Blankenhorn is the founder of the Institute for American Values and was made famous for his testimony in support of Proposition 8 during a hearing in the Perry case brought by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

HRC President Chad Griffin, who helped orchestrate the case against Prop 8, made the following statement:

“David Blankenhorn’s evolution on marriage equality is emblematic of the paradigm shift we are experiencing as a country on this issue.  Loving gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to make the same lifelong commitment as everyone else and Blankenhorn’s agreement with that proposition puts him in the mainstream of American opinion.

“What David Blankenhorn has shown the world is that through careful deliberation and a deepening understanding of LGBT people, one can only draw the conclusion that the answer is full equality.  While it can be difficult as a public figure to change course, I applaud him for taking a courageous and principled stand.  His experience wrestling with the issue of marriage equality and coming out on the right side of history will be an inspiration to millions of fair-minded Americans who are in the same place.”

CLICK HERE to read Blankenhorn's piece on the New York Times website.

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