Human Rights Campaign Calls for ‘Full and Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Protections’ for LGBT

By Melanie Arter | June 29, 2015 | 2:06 PM EDT

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin (AP Photo)

( – Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the next step for the LGBT community is to bring “full and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections” nationwide.

“As you look at the battles ahead, we have got to bring full and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections to everyone living in every state in this country, and that's the next battle in Congress,” said Griffin.

“Chad, this was a big win for gays in America, for supporters of same-sex marriage. So, is the work done?” host John Dickerson asked.

“[There’s] no question the work is not done,” said Griffin, “and while this was a monumental leap forward in this country, we still have a long ways to go.


“You know, in a majority of states in the country still today, after this ruling, you can be married at 10:00 a.m., fired from your job by noon, and evicted from your home by 2:00 simply for posting that wedding photo on Facebook,” he added.

“What about implementation of the ruling itself? In Louisiana and in Mississippi, there's some slow-walking going on there. What's the latest on that?” Dickerson asked.

“Well, look, this really was very clear. The ruling that was written by Justice Kennedy made very clear that every state has to move forward and all of the marriage bans must fall, and I expect that that's going to happen quickly,” Griffin responded.

“I think what you're seeing is some folks trying to play a political game, as Bobby Jindal is doing in Louisiana, but I do expect that across this country very quickly every state, every city and every county will move swiftly to implement this historic ruling,” he added.

“As LGBT people have lived their lives openly and out at home, at work, at school and church, it has changed folks' minds,” Griffin said. “Everyday Americans realize we're the people next door. We're the fellow congregant seated next to you on the church pew on a Sunday morning.

“We're the police officer. We're the CEO, and when folks have come to know us, they have evolved and believed that we should all have equal rights, not special rights, but equal rights. That's the lesson of this country, and that's the journey that will continue,” he said.

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