The Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Chad Griffin, weighed in on the 2010 elections, which saw great progress for LGBT equality in California:
The contrast with 2008, when despite the historic Obama election, Prop. 8 was passed by the voters, is startling. This year, despite the rising conservative tide, equality triumphed. The difference is that the political rhetoric that dominated the Prop. 8 campaign has been replaced by a discussion of the facts through efforts like the Foundation’s successful federal court case for marriage equality.
This nation was founded on the principle that all Americans are created equal, and our Constitution requires that every American be treated equally under the law. That is something all Americans can agree on, and more and more people are understanding that marriage equality is rooted in our nation’s fundamental values.
That last paragraph is powerful. Great message. Equality didn’t quite triumph across the rest of the country on Tuesday. So, we will need some of AFER’s top supporters, like Ted Olson and Ken Mehlman, spreading that message of equality on Capitol Hill when the homophobic GOPers start their attack on LGBT Americans.