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The New Equality Landscape: HRC President Chad Griffin Roundtables with Former Rep Kathy Webb

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

HRC President Chad Griffin sat down with former Arkansas State Representative Kathy Webb this afternoon at the Clinton School of Public Service in downtown Little Rock to discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions returning marriage equality to California and striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Griffin, an Arkansas native who often cites his Southern upbringing as his inspiration to lead HRC, stressed that there are now two Americas: one that grants equality to LGBT people, and one that doesn't. But even in the part of the country where equal treatment under the law is largely elusive, like here in Arkansas, there are signs of progress and reason for genuine optimism. 

The event brought over 200 members of the Arkansas LGBT and progressive community together for a candid discussion on the state of the LGBT movement, and HRC’s plan to achieve full LGBT equality in all 50 states. 

The roundtable discussion is part of a series of events HRC is hosting throughout the South this week, highlighting the need for progress throughout America’s most conservative states.

Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, with HRC president Chad Grffin 

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

HRC president Chad Griffin with Richard Hillard

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