Head of Human Rights Campaign stops in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - The president of Human Rights Campaign stopped in Arkansas after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, a native of Hope, spoke Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Griffin is the first Southerner to lead Human Rights Campaign, a group that lobbies for gay rights.

"I am here to declare in Little Rock today that equality is, in fact, coming to my home state of Arkansas," Griffin said in his speech.

Part of the reason for his trip was to share the findings of a new poll that shows 61 percent of Arkansans under the age of 30 support marriage equality and 63 percent support legislation that would ensure no one could be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Representatives for the Family Council said they believe little new information was actually revealed in the poll and that treating people respectfully is just part of Arkansas culture.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. The high court also let stand a lower-court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage in California.

Along with Monday's visit in Arkansas, Griffin plans stops in North Carolina, Virginia and Mississippi.

In Arkansas, a case challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is pending in circuit court.

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