Mitchell Reports | November 08, 2012
>>> and same-sex marriage advocates are celebrating historic advances on ballot initiatives in at least three stated, possibly four, when we get final results. joining me chad griffin, president of the human rights campai campaign. congratulations, your side won big victories and you're a major part of that. what do you do next? how do you translate this into a larger movement?
>> thank you for have me here. it really was an equality landslide on tuesday. we not only won, you know, one race in the country. we won all of the races from coast to coast . marriage equality was on the ballot we have conclusively won in all four states from maine to maryland to washington and we defeated a hateful discriminatory marriage ban in the state of minnesota . first time we won at ballot box . and we've won all of them this time.
>> technically our decision dechk is looking at results in washington state because they haven't counted enough for us to officially declare it. you feel the referendum is so far ahead that you think that you're going to win there as well.
>> that's right.
>> what are the next steps in terms of other states or challenges or translating this in into reality for people?
>> it's absolutely the right question because although we had tremendous victories on tuesday night, we have to remember that still the vast majority of americans live in stated where they didn't feel those equality victories on tuesday. and so we turn this corner and move momentum into other states where we have the opportunity to win at state legislatures and in courts from state legislatures in delaware going across the country going to hawaii and states in between. we're not going to slow down now that we've had victories and now that the anti-gay right is on the defensive. we're going to take momentum and double down and move into states and keep working until quality, particularly marriage equality reaches every single person and every single corner of this country.
>> before you took the job with the human rights campaign you were the initiator of the legal challenge to prop 8, hiring ted olson and david boise and now it's all the way to the supreme court . is that what we're now waiting for? is that argument?
>> that's right. moving from the momentum on election night to november 20th , when the united states supreme court will meet and consider a group of doma cases, a case out of arizona and now proposition 8 case, perry case, we have won that case in two courts and we are waiting to determine whether the supreme court is going to grant cert in one or all of those cases. we'll know that probably the week after thanksgiving. and they don't grant cert marriage will start in california. if they grant that case or the other cases we should know by early next summer what the results are. i'm hopeful that this court, as has the lower courts, will side with freedom, liberty, and equality.
>> chad griffin, thank you so much. we've known each other a long time. great to see you.
>> indeed we have. a pleasure to be here.