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President of Human Rights Campaign visits SLC, talks what's next in the fight for equal rights

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Following the historic ruling for marriage equality in the Supreme Court Wednesday, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign visited Salt Lake City Thursday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – Following the historic ruling for marriage equality in the Supreme Court Wednesday, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign visited Salt Lake City Thursday.

It was a packed house at the new Utah Pride Center downtown. Dozens gathered to hear from the man who spearheaded the human rights campaign; many waiting for what's next in the fight for equal rights and they seem like lofty goals.

Chad Griffin told the excited crowd, "Within 5 years we will bring marriage equality everywhere for everyone."

When you think back to just four years ago, when the fight against the Defense of Marriage Act began, public support for gay marriage was only around 30% and one of the only republican lawmaker in favor was former Vice President Dick Cheney. Now a new Pew poll shows nearly three-quarters of all Americans, 72%, think the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable.

Griffin said, "We will fight in legislation, in congress, at the ballot box and yes still in our federal courts."

For Utah there are already suits in federal court challenging the state's ban on gay marriage, and with the supreme courts decision last night, more are expected. Lawyers behind some of those fights explained that even in Justice Scalia’s descent to the Supreme Court decision, he laid out a road map of how their decision would help the progress of marriage equality.

Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman explained, "Justice Scalia indicated if the Supreme Court is able to find that equal protection and due process protects the LGBT community from federal laws that discriminate how does a state, that must go on full faith and credit to the other states’ laws and to the federal government’s laws, now come in and discriminate?”
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