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Virginia sets back equality

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CHAD GRIFFIN
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Despite bipartisan support, the Virginia legislature failed to muster a sufficient majority to confirm a prosecutor nominated to a district judgeship in Richmond. Reason: The prosecutor is gay. Discrimination lives and don't let a Republican who supports such as this tell you they believe in freedom.

The headline seemed worth noting in context of the fight of notable Arkansans to bring equality and dignity to those in the sexual minority.

Chad Griffin, the Hope, Ark., native who is incoming president of the Human Rights Campaign, will be honored in Arkansas June 11. He'll be interviewed at noon at the Clinton School by state Rep. Kathy Webb. Other events are planned, including a reception at Boswell Mourot Fine Arts.

Griffin, who works in public relations in California, was instrumental in rallying the legal effort challenging California's voter initiative to bar same-sex marriage. That case will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Human Rights Campaign is probably the most important advocate against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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