John M. Becker

Chad Griffin Responds to 'Forcing the Spring' Controversy

Filed By John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 7:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Advocate Magazine, Chad Griffin, Forcing the Spring, gay marriage, Jo Becker, marriage equality, revisionism, revisionist history, Rosa Parks, same-sex marriage

"The response to Jo Becker's book from many of my friends and colleagues in the LGBT movement has had a profound effect on me. Most troubling of all is the impression that I personally am unaware or dismissive of the decades of hard work -- often done in the face of personal risk and even harm -- that made possible last year's groundbreaking marriage equality decisions from the United States Supreme Court. I want to respond to that line of criticism in particular, because it could not be further from the truth. And anyone who treats the successes of the past few years as the full story of this movement is missing something essential...

"[W]hen the day does come that the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down every ban on marriage equality across this country, it won't be any one lawyer who carries the day. And it won't be any one plaintiff who was so uniquely inspiring as to demand a sweeping ruling. It will be because of all of them -- and all of us, who today are lucky to stand on the shoulders of giants."

-- HRC President Chad Griffin, responding in an op-ed for The Advocate to criticism from across the LGBT movement about the new book "Forcing the Spring." The book alleges that the cause of marriage equality "had largely languished in obscurity" prior to Griffin's arrival on the scene in 2008 and calls him the Rosa Parks of the equal marriage movement. Griffin distanced himself from that comparison, writing, "I have nothing in common with the trailblazing courage of Rosa Parks."

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