Gay rights leaders plan $1-million war chest to defend judges who back marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
November 26, 2008
At a virtual town hall meeting, Calif. LGBT leaders announced plans to build a fund to defend justices threatened with recall for ruling in favor of marriage equality, put a new marriage ballot question before voters in 2010, and improve outreach to African American and Latino communities. [Link]

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Minorities Fear Trend From California Marriage Ban

Reuters
November 24, 3008
African American, Latino and Asian American groups said in a brief filed in opposition to Prop. 8: "The entire purpose behind the constitutional principle of equal protection would be subverted if the constitutional protection of unpopular minorities were subject to simple majority rule. This case is not simply about gay and lesbian equality." [Link]

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A bump on the road to equality

Bay Windows
November 20, 2008
"If you don’t know who Charles Hamilton Houston is maybe you ought to check him out, particularly if you are engaging in the blame game about the 'yes' vote on California’s Prop 8 and pointing your finger at African Americans. A great civil rights leader, Houston reminds us that equal justice comes through diligence, commitment, and patience." [Link]

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The Mormon War On Gay People

The Daily Dish
November 17, 2008
Andrew Sullivan writes, "The cruelty the Mormon church inflicts on its gay members is matched only by the Mormons' centuries-long demonization and hatred of black people. That African-Americans would seek common cause with a church that only recently still believed they were the product of Satan shows how profound homophobia can be. But this shared hatred can be exploited by the Hewitts and Romneys of this world. And what we have just witnessed is a trial run for much larger ambitions." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Healing the Gay/Black Divide

Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2008
The Los Angeles Times editorial board discusses a letter written by a coalition of LGBT equality leaders calling for an end to tensions between some members of the LGBT and African American communities over the passage of Prop. 8. [Link]

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Vote on California marriage bill proves intolerance is too easy

Detroit Free Press
November 15, 2008
Leonard Pitts, Jr. writes, "No, the black experience and the gay experience are not equivalent. Gay people were not the victims of mass kidnap or mass enslavement. No war was required to strike the shackles from their limbs. But that's not the same as saying blacks and gays have nothing in common. On the contrary, gay people, like black people, know what it's like to be left out, lied about, scapegoated, discriminated against, held up, beat down, denied a job, a loan or a life. And they, too, know how it feels to sit there and watch other people vote upon their very humanity, just as if those other people had a right." [Link]

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Trends beyond black vote in play on Prop. 8

San Francisco Chronicle
November 16, 2008
Demographers say the focus on one race not only disregards the complexity of African American identity but also overlooks the most powerful predictors affecting views on marriage: religion, age and ideology, such as party affiliation. Prop. 8's racial fallout raises the question of how the groundbreaking multiracial support of a presidential candidate could coincide with the racial scapegoating now following a failed state ballot campaign. [Link]

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Marriage Matters to Us

The Republic of T.
November 13, 2008
As a Black man, in that moment I felt like more of an American than I ever had before, like a barrier to full citizenship and belonging had been raised. As a gay man with a husband and a family, however, I ended up feeling like less of an American than I ever had before; divorced from the celebrating and even the historic significance of the moment by a barrier to citizenship and belonging that fell more firmly into place even as another one was lifted. [Link]

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Our Choice on Prop 8 and African Americans: Reckless Carping or Productive Change?

The Bilerico Project
November 6, 2008
Cindy Rizzo writes, "Blog pieces and listserv posts were littered with angry invectives about the African American vote in California. Ignoring over a century of historical context, they seemed to be saying, 'Now, see, here are the real bigots.'... [W]hat I find important here, beyond questions of cause and effect, is the fact that seemingly smart people in our community think that their careless emotional venting about race and homophobia is a good idea. At this time, I can't imagine anything that's less productive." [Link]

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Prop 8 Campaign Lies About Broad African American Opposition

California Majority Report
October 30, 2008
A list of major African American leaders and organizations supporting No on Prop. 8 is provided to counter the "curious claim" by the Yes on 8 campaign that there is only one major African American leader to endorse marriage equality. [Link]

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