NEWS IN BRIEF: As Equality Thrives, Hate Can’t Even Keep the Lights On

by Ianthe Metzger

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, notes that if you want clear evidence that LGBT equality is winning, you got a perfect example today.

Consider this contrast.

On the one hand, the National Organization for Marriage, the nation’s chief anti-marriage and anti-LGBT advocacy group, finally posted their IRS 990s this morning. The result? Their revenues are down by more than half—dropping from nearly $11 million in 2012, to just over $5 million in 2013. Just 2 anonymous donors made up more than half of the organizations funding, and NOM ended last year with more than $2.5 million in debt.

On the other hand, today, HRC announced that a record number of America’s top companies and law firms have a perfect record in supporting LGBT equality. These aren’t radical brands. Today, even American corporate giants like General Electric and Procter & Gamble support full equality. P&G even seized this opportunity to announce their support for marriage equality today.   

LGBT equality still has a long way to go, and we’ve got big battles still ahead of us. But if you were a betting person, which side would you pick? The side with the company that makes the light bulbs? Or the side that without enough support to keep the lights on?

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.



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