Prop 8 briefs: New group seeks help for outreach to African American community

The Bay Area Reporter
August 14, 2008
And Marriage for All will provide couples with interactive three-hour trainings and support so that they can be most effective – and comfortable – in presenting their stories. Parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and other supportive family members are also welcome. [Link]

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BLOG: “Deep” Thought #21: ‘Gay Marriage’ Will Exacerbate Black Fatherlessness

Fannie's Room
August 12, 2008
The "gay marriage poses unique dangers to African-American families" argument is convenient because it allows those who seek to perpetuate injustice to feign concern for the plight of an oppressed minority group. And often, this argument is used for another key purpose. It allows [anti-gay people] of all races to call all non-black supporters of marriage equality "racist" for supposedly not caring about the plight of African-American families. [Link]

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MA Sen. Wilkerson on the Repeal of the 1913 Laws

Pam's House Blend
July 28, 2008
During the debate, senate minority leader Richard Tisei (R- Wakefield) stood up to express his support for the repeal. He then asked Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston) to provide a history of the 1913 law. Watch the video of the debate here. [Link]

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Black, Gay Group Bridging Divide

Queerty
July 22, 2008
"Sure, progress comes one step at a time, but can come a whole lot faster when we’re all stepping together, whether it be in Selma, on Christopher Street or in your own back yard." [Link]

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Rev. Peter Gomes: What Would Jesus Say to Gay Marriage?

FORA.tv
June 22, 2008
View Rev. Peter Gomes talk on what would Jesus say to gay marriage? (Link)

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Governor’s Acceptance of Gay Daughter Sends Message of Tolerance

AlterNet
June 16, 2008
It is important that other prominent African-American politicians follow Governor Deval Patrick's lead and vocally support gay rights. [Link]

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In Harlem, the Governor’s Support of Marriage Equality Gets a Mixed Reaction

New York Times
June 2, 2008
Harlem residents express a variety of reactions to Gov. Paterson's support of marriage equality from very negative to very positive. “I have nothing against same-sex marriage, if it makes people happy,” said Lorice Johnson, 70. Other Harlem residents voiced more nuanced views, saying that while they disagreed with "same-sex marriage", they still approved of Mr. Paterson’s leadership. [Link]

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Marriage from a religious leader’s perspective

Santa Cruz Sentinel
June 1, 2008

Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, who presides over marriage ceremonies, discusses the importance of California honoring the freedom to marry as a basic right. [Link]

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California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage a Benefit to Everyone

Black America Web
May 16, 2008
National Black Justice Coalition's H. Alexander Robinson writes, "Today we stand at a pivotal point in history. As a black community, we have the unique opportunity of ushering in a new era of social change and progress for another oppressed group." (Link)

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The moral compass of Mildred Loving

Washington Blade
May 9, 2008
In honor of Mildred Loving, a defendant in the landmark Loving v. Virginia case which ended race discrimination in marriage, Lane Hudson writes about her courageous support for marriage equality and her belief that “a particular religious belief should not interfere with our government granting that right.” (Link)

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