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    HRC President Chad Griffin arrives at The Human Rights Campaign, The Global Equality Fund and The Elton John AIDS Foundation Honor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sir Elton John at a Private Residence on July 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Elton John AIDS Foundation)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The president of Human Rights Campaign plans a stop in Arkansas after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage.

    Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is scheduled to speak at noon Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Griffin is a native of Hope and is the first Southerner to lead Human Rights Campaign, a group that lobbies for gay rights.

    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. The high court also let stand a lower-court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage in California.

    Along with Monday's visit in Arkansas, Griffin plans stops in North Carolina, Virginia and Mississippi.

    In Arkansas, a case challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is pending in circuit court.

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