This entry concerns a Washington Post article I read this morning.
This is the part I found most disturbing:
"A 2004 survey he conducted found that 70 percent of blacks oppose same-sex marriage, although some backed civil unions, a greater percentage than did the general population. Bositis also said exit polls from Ohio and Georgia showed about 60 percent of blacks supporting constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage."
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Any black person who opposes homosexual marriage, I have no use for. How can you demand civil rights for yourself while actively trying to deny it for others? It makes them nothing less than goddam hypocrites.
And don't throw the Bible at me, because the Bible was used to defend slavery. So if you want to use the Bible to defend your hatred of others, you had better be prepared to go and put the fucking chains back on.
To think that they could let an issue like this split the Party at this juncture...maybe they need another decade or two of oppression so they can get the fucking point.
Ok, the abbreviated article:
Maryland's African American lawmakers are deeply divided in the emerging debate over same-sex marriage, which forces them to balance their communities' bedrock religious convictions against a traditional commitment to civil rights.
...The divide over gay marriage is not unique to Maryland. During recent elections in Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio, black voters broke from the Democratic Party in significant numbers to support ballot initiatives against same-sex marriage, said Ronald Walters, a University of Maryland political science professor.
Not everyone in the caucus wants to wait. Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County), for instance, said he plans to sign the GOP petition. "It's a matter of conscience," said Burns, who ministers to a Baptist congregation.
...Tomorrow, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. is planning a sermon on the subject at Hope Christian Church in Bowie, said the Rev. Derek McCoy, associate pastor. "We have to stand up as a voice and defend what we believe is a sacred right between a man and a woman," McCoy said.
...Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard (D-Prince George's) said the church community is hard to ignore on this issue, especially when she agrees with them. Given the power invested in the Democratic leadership in Annapolis, she thinks it is highly unlikely that the measure will reach the floor of the House or Senate.
But if it does, she said, she has no doubts about what she will do.
"You don't compromise your principles when it comes to these issues. If it comes to the floor, no one will back away just because of what party leaders want," she said.