The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, has named Chad Griffin its new president.
Griffin, a leading communications specialist and former member of the Clinton administration’s communications team, is widely credited as the architect of the ultimately successful lawsuit against Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that overturned marriage equality in the state. Griffin was selected from over 100 candidates; he will assume the office of president on June 11, with current president Joe Solomonese continuing to serve as president in the interim.
Griffin is one of the founding members of the American Federation for Equal Rights, and will continue to serve on its board.
“Today’s generation of young people, and each generation hereafter, must grow up with the full and equal protection of our laws, and finally be free to participate in the American dream,” Griffin said in a statement following the announcement. “As HRC president, I’ll approach our work with a great sense of urgency because there are real life consequences to inaction.”
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