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Adam Bink is Director of Online Campaigns at Courage Campaign, an online organizing network that empowers more than 750,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. In that role, he manages Courage Campaign’s online organizing actions, with an added emphasis on building campaigns to advance LGBT equality. He also edits Courage Campaign Institute’s EqualityOnTrial.com.



Previously, he was the Online Strategy Manager for Progressive Strategies LLC, a consulting firm, and an editor at OpenLeft.com, a popular progressive political blog with 28 million page views to date. He specializes in online LGBT organizing, including new media outreach and using Internet tools for creative action. At OpenLeft, he principally wrote about progressive and LGBT movement strategy and infrastructure. In addition to providing on-the-ground coverage from the No On 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign to protect the state’s marriage equality law, Adam played a role in raising $1.4 million on ActBlue and organized online communities around the campaign. He also organized online actions around repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and passing the 2010 health reform law. Since 2007, he’s managed advertising and collaborated on design and technical work at OpenLeft.com.



Prior to joining Courage Campaign full-time, in July-August 2010, Adam managed Courage Campaign Institute’s NOMTourTracker.com, a project of the popular Prop 8 Trial Tracker blog (now EqualityOnTrial.com), to provide coverage of and respond to the anti-equality “Summer for Marriage” bus tour run by National Organization for Marriage. He again took over management from Sept. 27 to Oct. 8 to cover NOM’s second bus tour, this time through California to urge Latinos to support Carly Fiorina for Senate, and then again in December 2010 to manage coverage of the 9th Circuit ruling in the Prop 8 trial, and to drive action around Congressional consideration of repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell."



While at Progressive Strategies, Adam coordinated the research, editing, fact-checking, publishing, and online promotion for The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, by Mike Lux. He also planned and executed the 60-event, 29-city national book tour and traveled extensively to promote the book with Mike.



Prior to joining Progressive Strategies and OpenLeft, Adam produced reports on women elected to local governments and coordinated event logistics while working at the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. Adam also interned with the HELP committee staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and at campaign finance and public affairs firms. He has been active in organizing for LGBT rights, electing Democrats and other progressive causes since leading his first canvassing trip to Cleveland, Ohio during the 2004 election cycle.



Adam holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in Political Management from the George Washington University. He hails from Buffalo, N.Y. and, yes, actually enjoys the record-setting snowfalls featured on cable news. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing ultimate frisbee around town, and relaxing at quirky lefty independent coffee shops. He can be reached at adambink@gmail.com.

Blog Entries by Adam Bink

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenges to Prop 8, DOMA

(10) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:20 PM

Big news: The Supreme Court announced today in an order that it will take up the Prop 8 case and one of the several Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases for further review. The next step in the review process for both cases is a scheduling order, which...

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8 Questions and Answers on the Next Steps in the Prop 8 Case As It Heads Toward the Supreme Court

(14) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 4:48 PM

June 5 saw the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals deciding not to rehear the Proposition 8 case with an 11-judge en banc panel, clearing the path for the case to proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court. As always, there is a steady stream of comments and questions about the decision...

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A Look at What Happened on Amendment 1 in North Carolina

(300) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 3:31 AM

I spent much of the spring working on defeating anti-gay Amendment 1 in North Carolina. After the election I returned back from the Raleigh/Durham area and had a chance to chew on the outcome of Amendment 1. It's been my habit, after major wins or losses, to reflect on what...

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What to Expect from Tomorrow's DOMA Hearing in the First Circuit Court of Appeals

(43) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Tomorrow, April 4, starting at 10 a.m. EDT, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston will hear oral arguments in the companion cases of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services. It has been almost two years since District Court Judge Joseph Tauro...

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Prop 8 Proponents Say They Will Seek a Full 9th Circuit Review: What This Means for the Case

(87) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 4:55 PM

Metro Weekly reports that Charles Cooper, lead attorney for the proponents of Prop 8, has informed them that his team will ask the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the three-judge decision that earlier this month struck down the marriage ban as unconstitutional. Metro Weekly breaks...

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What Today's 9th Circuit Deadline Means for the Prop 8 Case

(26) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Today, Feb. 21, marks a big deadline in the Prop 8 case that those of us who have been counting the days since the Ninth Circuit's decision have been eagerly anticipating: the last day that the proponents of Prop 8 can file a petition for rehearing with the 9th Circuit....

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The Top 10 Questions on the Next Steps in the Prop 8 Trial

(134) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 4:41 PM

After major rulings like Tuesday's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, there are always many questions that surface in the comments here at Prop8TrialTracker.com and elsewhere on what this means and what comes next. The Prop8TrialTracker.com staff took a...

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Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional by 9th Circuit Panel... What This Means, And What Comes Next

(84) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:34 PM

We just received the 9th Circuit's opinion in Perry v. Brown that Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-enacted ban on marriage equality in California, is unconstitutional. In addition, the appeals panel ruled that the proponents of Prop 8 did have standing to pursue their appeal of Judge Walker's decision striking down...

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What to Know About Today's Forthcoming Prop 8 Ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

(25) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 12:23 PM

Today, by 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), the 9th Circuit will release its decision on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California. It's been some time since the actual constitutional merits of Proposition 8 have been discussed at the 9th Circuit, so...

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Why the 9th Circuit Decision on the Prop 8 Tapes Undermines Our Democracy

(22) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Yesterday, Feb. 2, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court's previous ruling to release the video recordings of the Perry v. Brown trial. The 2010 trial, about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment restricting marriage to heterosexual couples, was widely followed, and resulted in...

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