Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Homepage: http://www.hrc.org/
August 2002: "The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian and gay political organization, envisions an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has more than 450,000 members, both gay and non-gay, all committed to making this vision of equality a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to candidates for federal office, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, including workplace, family and discrimination issues." http://www.hrc.org/about/whatwedo.asp
May 2012: 'But when it comes to more far-reaching change, legal experts continue to bet on the courts, for now. “Given what Congress looks like these days,” said Brian Moulton, legal director at the Human Rights Campaign, “I think it’s most likely we see progress for folks through the litigation that’s happening.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/12/your-money/gays-path-to-equality-probably-runs-through-courts.html
June 2011: '"Supporters of Proposition 8 are grasping at straws because they don't like the outcome," Michael Cole-Schwartz of the Human Rights Campaign said in April. "If their real intent was to 'protect marriage,' they should argue that a straight, married judge be disqualified since he would conceivably have an interest in protecting his own marriage. The argument is simply ridiculous on its face."'http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/14/california.same.sex.ruling/index.html
May 2011: "About 58 percent of Fortune 500 companies extend domestic partner coverage to employees with same-sex partners, according to the Human Rights Campaign. But when you look at a broader group of companies, the numbers shrink: Only about 36 percent of large companies, or those with more than 200 workers, offered the coverage in 2009, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. About 20 percent of small companies offered the coverage."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/your-money/health-insurance/21money.html
May 2010: "Sarah Warbelow, legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign, wants same sex couples to have equal access to marriage and divorce no matter what state they reside in. Human Rights Campaign, a national nonprofit, advocates for equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals."http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/05/03/texas.gay.divorce/index.html
April 2010: '“There are some in our community who are frustrated with the pace of progress,” said David Smith, a top official at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group, “but you can’t deny that progress is being made.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/us/politics/17hospitals.html
January 2008: 'discriminatory policies banning most gay and bisexual men from giving blood...."Given modern testing and the fact that anyone can be vulnerable to infection, there is no medical or scientific rationale for this discriminatory policy," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.'http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/348392_bloodban23.html
November 2007: Ms. Pelosi did maintain the support of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in the country, even though it was disappointed that gender identity protections were not included in [the Employment Nondiscrimination Act].http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/washington/08employ.html
October 2007: One major advocacy group not on the list was the Human Rights Campaign, the lead lobbying force for the gay rights community on Capitol Hill. HRC is neither opposing nor supporting the current bill. Its leaders met with Pelosi staffers last week and extracted a promise that if and when the original language gains the backing of a House majority, a floor vote will be scheduled. But otherwise the group is not trying to thwart the protections for sexual orientation, which would cover a large majority of its membership.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/17/AR2007101702164.html
October 2007: While it's doubtful the group of Evangelicals and progressives will win over those holding the most ardent positions, particularly in the religious right, it's tried to engage all sides. Supporters range from the Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, a former president-elect of the conservative Christian Coalition, to Christian media executive Joe Battaglia to the Rev. Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes gay rights.http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1011/p02s01-ussc.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Elizabeth Birch Person Jun 26, 2003 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Cheryl Jacques Person May 6, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Brian Moulton Esq. Person May 15, 2012 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Joe Solmonese Person Dec 18, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Winnie Stachelberg Person Aug 3, 2003
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 11, 2012 Same-Sex Marriage Activists Look to Law
QUOTE: Several cases are winding their way through the judicial system, most of which challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The myriad indignities that gay couples and their families regularly encounter are one reason many of them say they are fighting to dismantle the law. But the financial burden they also bear can be measured. And several court cases put that into stark focus.
New York Times Jun 14, 2011 Court upholds gay judge's ruling on Proposition 8
QUOTE: A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay showed no evidence he was prejudiced in the case, according to a ruling Tuesday...."It is not reasonable to presume that a judge is incapable of making an impartial decision about the constitutionality of a law, solely because, as a citizen, the judge could be affected by the proceedings,"...
CNN (Cable News Network) May 20, 2011 For Gay Employees, an Equalizer
QUOTE: a growing number of companies have taken it upon themselves to make life a little more equal for their gay employees. These companies are reaching into their own pockets to pay for an extra tax that their gay employees owe on their partners’ health insurance — something that their married heterosexual co-workers don’t have to worry about because the federal government recognizes them as an economic unit.
New York Times May 07, 2011 In Rarity, a Player Speaks Out for Gay Rights
QUOTE: (Sean Avery) recently recorded a video, becoming one of only a few active athletes in American team sports to voice support for gay rights, and is believed to be the first in New York to publicly advocate for same-sex marriage... Homosexual slurs remain in use to insult opponents and officials.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Virginia board rejects proposal that would have allowed gay adoptions
QUOTE: A state board overwhelmingly voted… to continue a practice that some argue allows faith-based organizations in Virginia to discriminate in adoptions… “Its broad language would place an undue and unconstitutional burden on private faith-based child placing agencies by forcing us to compromise our religious beliefs in order to maintain our license to operate.”
Washington Post May 03, 2010 Serious legal hurdles for gay divorce
QUOTE: While the District and five states have legalized same-sex marriage and consequently allow divorces, granting same-sex divorce elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize gay marriage, they face a dilemma.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 16, 2010 In Hospital Decision, Obama Finds Safe Ground on Gay Rights
QUOTE: President Obama has found a way to support gay rights that least offends those who oppose them. Allowing same-sex partners the same rights as straight couples to visit and make medical decisions for their hospitalized loved ones enjoys broad public backing, even as the country remains polarized over the question of marriage rights for gay men and lesbians.
New York Times Jul 02, 2009 Activists Work to Show Gays Are Not Anti-Religious: A recent poll shows many gay Americans lead robust faith lives
QUOTE: A Barna Group survey out last week shows that most gay Americans lead pretty robust faith lives.
US News & World Report May 31, 2008 States Seek Delay in California Marriage Ruling
QUOTE: In a letter to the court’s chief justice, Ronald George, the attorneys general — all Republicans — asked that the marriages be put off until after the November election, when California voters are expected to vote on a measure that would ban same-sex marriages.
New York Times Jan 29, 2008 Advocacy groups keep advertisers on their toes
QUOTE: As if airing a superexpensive Super Bowl spot isn't fraught with enough risks, marketers face a new hazard that gained momentum last year: having a message attacked — or even hijacked — by an advocacy group.
USA TODAY Jan 22, 2008 Blood bank bias alleged against gay, bisexual men: Would-be donors say they're barred despite emergency
QUOTE: Would-be donors in the Seattle area are accusing blood banks of discriminatory policies banning most gay and bisexual men from giving blood.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Nov 08, 2007 House Approves Broad Protections for Gay Workers
QUOTE: The House on Wednesday approved a bill granting broad protections against discrimination in the workplace for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals, a measure that supporters praised as the most important civil rights legislation since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 but that opponents said would result in unnecessary lawsuits.
New York Times Oct 18, 2007 Quandary Over Gay Rights Bill: Is It Better to Protect Some or None?
QUOTE: Yet the decision ignited a firestorm among gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy groups, creating a rift between pragmatists who believed that a flawed bill was better than no bill and those who preferred nothing if they couldn't have it all. As it now stands, the more limited bill is expected to narrowly clear the House next week, at which point the Senate will likely move forward.
Washington Post Oct 11, 2007 Signs of a truce in America's divisive culture war? A group with Evangelical and progressive members released proposals Wednesday.
QUOTE: Now, calls for a truce are coming from a group of leaders from the Evangelical and progressive communities, long at odds with each other. They're pointing the way toward common ground on the most polarizing issues, with aims of a new civility and concrete progress.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 08, 2007 For ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Split on Party Lines
QUOTE: WASHINGTON, June 7 — The presidential candidates are dividing starkly along party lines on one of the signature fights of the 1990s: whether the 14-year-old policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” should be repealed and gay men and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military.
New York Times Jun 07, 2007 'Homosexuality Isn't Natural or Healthy': Bush's Choice for Top Doc Compared Human Genitalia to Pipe Fittings and Said Homosexual Practices Can Cause Injury or Death
QUOTE: President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., wrote a paper in 1991 that purported to make the medical argument that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy. Doctors who reviewed the paper derided it as prioritizing political ideology over science...
ABC News Aug 09, 2006 Attracting Gay MBAs
QUOTE: Despite efforts to reach out, Krause still thinks companies are in the infancy stages of gay awareness. But with larger outfits leading the way, she says, more are bound to follow.
BusinessWeek Dec 15, 2005 Ford to Advertise In Gay Press: Reversal Follows Condemnation
QUOTE: Ford Motor Co. yesterday said it will resume advertising Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in gay-themed publications, following an outpouring of fury from gay groups that said Ford's recent decision to pull the ads fed anti-gay sentiment and emboldened enemies of gay rights.
Washington Post Apr 14, 2005 Connecticut House Votes To Allow Gay Unions: Governor Expected To Sign Legislation
QUOTE: Connecticut's House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would make the state the second to establish civil unions for same-sex couples, and the first to do so without being directed by a court.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2004 Companies Add Gender Identity to Anti- Bias Policies
QUOTE: ...adopting the broader anti-discrimination policies is a good business decision and even a recruiting tool...adding gender expression to a discrimination policy would create a protected class and potentially leave an employer susceptible to more lawsuits.
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