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The “Evolution” of the Black Community on Marriage Equality

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Marriage EqualityJust when I thought the black homophobia storyline had died out, I came across a provocatively titled article Monday morning written by Lenox Magee: “Has Time Come for Gay Blacks?”

I agreed with Magee’s conclusion — “regardless of what other people say or do, we’re going to raise hell until we get equal rights” — but not with his premise — “The black community historically has lagged behind the general population in ‘evolving’… on LGBT issues.”

That got me thinking. What really caused the black community’s rapid “evolution” on gay marriage over the past month? The answer is simple: We didn’t evolve overnight. We’ve been evolving for decades, even when the media wasn’t paying attention.

Full Story from the Huffington Post

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NC, USA: Black Community Attitudes Shifting on Marriage Equality?

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Amendment OneIs the tide turning regarding African Americans’ attitudes toward homosexuality? I found it interesting in our interview with Democrats Earl Jones and Marcus Brandon this week that both men readily expressed opposition to the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina.

Brandon is an openly gay state House member whom Jones wants to unseat in the 60th District. Both men are black.Their district is majority black. This matters because African Americans traditionally have been especially conservative on the issue of gay rights, an attitude largely rooted in the black church.

In fact, the black vote was instrumental in the passage of California anti-gay marriage amendment in 2008. One exit poll placed it at 70 percent. Later analysis suggested the number may have been only 57 to 59 percent. But that’s still solid support and some black clergy helped lead the charge.

Full Story from the News-Record

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New Document Exposes Cynical NOM Plan to Drive Wedge Between LGBT and African-American Communities

Monday, March 26th, 2012

NOM LogoIt’s not like we didn’t think this was happening, but, wow, it’s really ugly to see it in writing.

Earlier tonight, Alvin McEwen tipped me off about some court documents that revealed NOM’s strategy. It’s ugly. From Alvin: The National Organization for Marriage’s unsuccessful fight to skirt Maine’s financial disclosure laws just backfired majorly on the group by revealing a distasteful part of its game plan to stop marriage equality.

Here’s the key passage about gays and blacks (and there’s also a strategy for Latinos):
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key democratic constituencies.

Full Story from AmericaBlog

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Marriage Equality Not An Attack on Black Community

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives is not a large organization by any means. Its website looks to be dedicated to a lot of Obama bashing, most of which goes unread by little more than a few people. In short, I should probably ignore most of what the NLNBC says. But a new op-ed there from self-styled political consultant Christopher Arps was too much to ignore, and it’s the kind of dangerous prattle that deserves to be pointed out and derided.

The title of Arps’ piece is a bit confusing: “Is Gay Marriage Another Blow to the Struggling African-American Family?” It’s the kind of title that shouldn’t be in the form of a question, as you just know Arps is about to go on rant proclaiming that gay marriage is indeed a blow to the African-American family. And, boy, does he ever rant.

“As a woman ages, she is less likely to ever marry. The last census found just 36 percent of African-American women were married, down from 62 percent in 1950. In some African-American communities there is a negative birthrate due to abortion. It portends a bleak future for black America.”

Full Story from BET

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