Proposition 8 vs. black homophobia

Salon.com
October 30, 2008
LaDoris Cordell writes, "If Proposition 8 succeeds and the ban on same-sex marriage is enshrined in the state's Constitution, it will be a signal to the nation that discrimination, inequality and intolerance have made a comeback." [Link]

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Obama Surge Confounds Marriage Equality

ABC News
October 28, 2008
ABC News claims that expected African American voter turnout in California could influence the outcome of Prop. 8. However, the Calif. NAACP opposes the measure, and rallies both for and against Prop. 8 are being held at historically black churches. [Link]
The freedom to marry matters to the African American community.

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Discriminatory marriage amendment tries to divide black community

The Florida Times Union
October 15, 2008
The state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opposes the amendment, as does Obama. The NAACP's national president, Julian Bond, and civil rights hero and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., have spoken out against it. "There's a great deal of suspicion in the black community about who's pushing this and why they're pushing it," said Nadine Smith, co-chairwoman of the No on 2 campaign and executive director of Equality Florida. She said she believes that ultraconservative Republican organizers of the amendment are trying to divert largely Democratic black voters away from other issues.[Link]
Read more about why marriage matters to African-Americans.

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Race and Marriage Equality

New York Times Letters
September 27, 2008
In a letter responding to a NYT story on African American voters in California and marriage, President of CA NAACP and Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Alice Huffman writes, "The news media narrative of blacks versus gays on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples should include the diverse views, values and opinions held in our community." (Link)

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Gay Couples’ Marriages Not The Issue For Black Clergy

Palm Beach Post
September 29, 2008
Rhonda Swan writes, "Keeping homosexuals from legalizing their already existing relationships does nothing for their so-called cause of protecting marriage. Being proactive instead of reactive just might." [Link]

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Black Voters Not to Blame if Proposition 8 Passes

The Bilerico Project
September 22, 2008
"While the possibility that some African-American voters may oppose our fight for equality seems to have caught some white LGBT activists by surprise, it seems that the proponents of marriage discrimination have anticipated this opportunity to capitalize on homophobia among some in the Black and Latino communities." [Link]

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Marriage Ban Is Tied to ‘Obama Factor’?

New York Times
September 20, 2008
Some opponents of Prop. 8 are concerned that socially conservative black voters who support Obama may cast a "yes" vote on the anti-gay marriage amendment in Calif. despite Obama publicly announcing that he does not back the measure. [Link]

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Kevin Johnson opposes discriminatory prop. 8 in CA

Sacramento Bee
September 10, 2008
Sacramento mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson will announce today that he opposes a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would eliminate the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Minority Report

Advocate
September 23, 2008
Think about it. Of the 50 men and women who occupy governor’s mansions in the United States, only two are black. And these two black men are arguably the most gay-friendly to ever be governor -- including New Jersey’s Jim McGreevey, who came around to gay rights only after coming out and leaving office. [Link]

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OPINION: Gay marriage and the black vote

Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2008
To guess how someone will vote on marriage, find out their age, gender, party affiliation and how often they go to church. Compared with these factors, race has a much smaller, more complex effect. [Link]

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