In DC, blacks were crucial to freedom to marry debate

Jessica Gresko of the Associated Press reports:

"'In D.C., outreach to African-Americans wasn't part of the campaign. It was the campaign,' said Michael Crawford, the leader of a pro-freedom to marry group, D.C. For Marriage [and Director of New Media for Freedom to Marry]. Crawford, who is black, said other residents weren't ignored, but his group and others weighed the city's racial makeup in planning their message. That made the debate here different than in other places that have considered marriage equality — places like California, where about 7 percent of residents are black, or Maine, where 1 percent are. Voters in both states struck down freedom to marry laws."

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