Chad Griffin expected to build bridges as HRC president

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chad Griffin, a leader in the fight against California's ban on same-sex marriage, will take the reins of the nation's largest gay and lesbian lobbying organization Monday.

Griffin will be sworn in as president of the Human Rights Campaign, just days after a federal court refused to reconsider its ruling overturning California's ban, a development that probably will bring the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The former White House press aide, who is 38, is expected to bring aggressiveness and independence to an organization that some gay and lesbian activists have faulted for being too cautious and beholden to the Democratic Party.

There are signs the rift may be on the mend.

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