by Robert Bell
Noon. Clinton School of Public Service. Free.
It's no secret that we here at the Times are big fans of Arkansas native and political wunderkind Chad Griffin, who now heads the Human Rights Campaign, which is one of the most prominent LGBTQ civil rights organizations in the country.
Most readers will be familiar with the major points on Griffin's CV: native of Hope, youngest White House staffer ever, powerhouse political consultant.
Last year, Griffin was ranked No. 20 on Out Magazine's Power 50 List. This year, he moved up four spots to No. 16, with the magazine noting that under Griffin's leadership, "the HRC not only raised millions, it worked closely with other organizations, strategically giving large sums to ballot initiatives and seeing successes in Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, and Maine — what Griffin and his team branded an 'equality landslide.' "
Griffin will discuss last week's momentous Supreme Court rulings, which struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The talk is free, but reservations, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 683-5239, are encouraged.