Thursday, October 03, 2013

HRC celebrates its tenth anniversary of owning its own building in Washington DC

Tonight, on Thursday, October 3, 2013, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrated its tenth anniversary of ownership of its office building at the corner of 17th St and Rhode Island Ave NW in Washington DC. 

There were a few speakers, including former chair Elizabeth Birch.  There were full plate hors d’oeuvres (from Savory) and birthday cake.
HRC says that ownership rather than rental of its building space has saved it $11 million in ten years.
There was mention of the security problems at the Capitol today, but not of the debate going on about the government shutdown and debt ceiling.  One big advantage of being private – you stay open.

There were posters and photographs of the accomplishments of the past ten years, in the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”, and same-sex marriage, including defeating the attempt (by Rick Santorum) to create a constitutional amendment barring recognition of same-sex marriage at the federal level in 2004, leading eventually to the repeal of much of DOMA by the Supreme Court this year, and the virtual progress in nullifying Proposition 8 in California, while more states recognize same-sex marriage.

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