Bipartisan 'War Room' Created to Push Legalization of Gay Marriage

Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 09:45 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Supporters of same-sex unions have created a “war room” to help in the fight to legalize gay marriages in a string of states across the country.

According to Politico, the Human Rights Campaign has launched a bipartisan organization called Americans for Marriage Equality that plans to push for gay marriage rights in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling last year opening the door for same-sex unions.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the new organization will have a communications center dubbed the "war room" to provide resources to keep lawmakers, legal experts, and news media informed about developments nationwide.

“Our nation is at a turning point, and while a growing bipartisan majority of Americans believe that everyone should be able to marry the person they love, we still have crucial battles ahead to ensure marriage equality becomes the law of the land in all 50 states,” said Griffin.

“That’s why we are launching a new communications operation to promote marriage equality — to lift up every voice and every ally in this fight.

“HRC will bring the best minds from across the nation together and provide every resource we can to end discrimination against loving gay couples once and for all," he added.

The “war room” is planning to issue daily updates on court cases involving gay marriage and state legislation focusing on the issue, according to Politico.

The communications center will be led by SKDKnickerbocker’s Olivia Alair on the Democratic-leaning side, and Brian Jones of Black Rock Group, a former Republican National Committee official and Mitt Romney adviser.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than three million Americans live together in same-sex unions, and 17 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized gay marriages.

The Americans for Marriage Equality effort draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political, civil rights, and business leaders.

In June, the Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had held that traditional marriage represents the union of a man and woman only. But various states still have their own laws prohibiting gay marriages, which are now at the center of precedent-setting court challenges in Virginia, Utah, and Oklahoma.

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