Postedon Jun 23, 2008 at 10:30 am
June 22, 2008
View Rev. Peter Gomes talk on what would Jesus say to gay marriage? (Link)
Postedon Jun 17, 2008 at 07:45 am
June 16, 2008
It is important that other prominent African-American politicians follow Governor Deval Patrick's lead and vocally support gay rights. [Link]
Postedon Jun 03, 2008 at 03:51 pm
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]
Postedon May 19, 2008 at 02:04 pm
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)
Postedon May 12, 2008 at 10:44 am
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)
Postedon May 06, 2008 at 04:17 pm
May 4, 2008
The Rev. James Lawson is an icon of the civil rights movement; it was he who invited the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers. He is also an advocate for marriage equality. (Link)
Postedon May 06, 2008 at 10:29 am
Read Evan Wolfson's full statement honoring Mildred Loving.
Read Mrs. Loving's full statement on the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia.
Postedon May 05, 2008 at 05:35 pm
May 5, 2008 —Freedom to Marry issued the following statement today from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, upon the passing of Mildred Loving, a plaintiff along with her husband, in the historic 1967 case Loving v. Virginia which ended race discrimination in marriage in the United States:
“Freedom to Marry mourns the loss of Mildred Loving, a woman of faithful conviction and an open heart. Called to civil rights leadership through the simple act of getting married, Mrs. Loving helped end restrictions on the freedom to marry in the historic court case bearing her name, and went on to speak out for that same freedom to marry for all loving couples, gay and non-gay.
Just last year, upon the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision, Mildred Loving made a statement in support of the ongoing struggle for the freedom to marry:
'When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn't to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married.(Read Mrs. Loving's full statement here.)
...Not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the 'wrong kind of person' for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.
...I am proud that Richard's and my name are on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about.'
Mrs. Loving’s actions remind us all of the power of love and the basic human right to choose the person whom you wish to marry. She will be remembered as an embodiment of our country's historic commitment to freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and equal justice for all. Our thoughts are with her family today.”
Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.