The Color of Love

New York Times
December 28, 2008
Last year, the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, three colleagues working on behalf of Faith in America visited Mildred Loving at the small ranch house that Richard built after they moved back to Virginia. [Link]

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Myth of black homophobia keeps blacks and gays divided

The Daily Voice
December 18, 2008
Bishop Carlton Pearson and Bishop John L. Selders, Jr. write, "In partnership, we must engage LGBT people of color and faith leaders to make the case that marriage equality is a means to help us be good neighbors who care for our own families responsibly and, at the same time, help build stronger communities." [Link]

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Is Gay the new Black?

The Daily Voice
December 18, 2008
Keith Boykin writes, "It doesn't matter which group was first oppressed, or which is most oppressed, or whether they are identically oppressed. What matters is that no group of people should be oppressed. As long as various groups continue to focus on the hierarchy of oppression, they will validate the hierarchy and minimize the oppression." [Link]

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African-American Clergy Debate Proposition 8

The Defenders Online
December 15, 2008
Ministers on both sides of the issue debate marriage equality, including various statements directly from ministers. (Link)

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Why Claims that Black Californians Deserve Blame for the Passage of California’s Anti-Gay-Marriage

FindLaw's Writ
December 12, 2008
John Dean, White House Counsel to U.S. President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973, writes, "Now, it is up to the California Supreme Court to say whether, in fact, a simple majority of California voters can deny gays equality. But it's possible that it did not have to be that way – and the failure to make the anti-Prop. 8 case effectively to black voters may well be to blame for our current situation." [Link]

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Congressional Black Caucus on Marriage & PROP 8

C-SPAN via YouTube
November 27, 2008

Powerful panel comments. [Link]

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Commentary: Charles Blow Gets it Wrong on Blacks and Prop. 8

To Form a More Perfect Union
December 2, 2008
To Form a More Perfect Union's John Wilkinson compiles responses from Leonce Gaiter, Dan Savage, and Pam Spaulding to Blow's suggestions of "do's" and "don't's" for gay groups hoping to reach black women. [Link]

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NYT op-ed on Prop 8, blacks and a ‘moral minority’

Pam's House Blend
December 1, 2008
Blogger Pam Spaulding writes, "I personally believe that our visible movement, largely not of color, simply doesn't feel it has the social tools or gravitas to engage blacks/minorities on this issue or any issue for that matter." [Link]

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OP-ED: Marriage and a Moral Minority

The New York Times
November 29, 2008
Charles M. Blow theorizes about African American support for anit-gay marriage amendments, based on a finding by CNN's exit poll that 75 percent of African American women voters in Calif. backed Prop. 8. He recommends vigorous engagement of African American women with information and voices that matter to them. [Link]

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OP-ED: Marriage And God’s Will

Black Star News
November 25, 2008
"It simply eludes me why a person who's against same sex marriage can't be satisfied in simply saying, I'm totally against same sex marriage, so I'm going to make it a point to marry someone of the opposite sex, and then just leave it at that. But that's not good enough for some people. Some people are not satisfied unless they can make their opinion, THE LAW. There's simply got to be some kind of pathology attendant to that kind of obsession. " [Link]

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