January 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
HRC president on inaugural platform
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Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. (Washington Blade file photo by Blake Bergen)

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign and a longtime advocate for same-sex marriage, was among the VIPs invited to view President Obama’s inaugural ceremony on the balcony of the U.S. Capitol where Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families were seated.

HRC spokesperson Fred Sainz said Griffin was also among those attending the inaugural service at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square early Monday morning prior to the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

In 2011, HRC became the first national LGBT advocacy group to endorse Obama’s re-election more than a year before the November 2012 election was held.

It could not immediately be determined whether other LGBT leaders or celebrities were invited to sit on the Capitol balcony for the inaugural ceremony.

Read more of our inaugural coverage at our 2013 Inauguration hub.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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