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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-08 12:00 AM
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34. Actually, you chopped up the article and edited out the support that does exist
from the black community:

Rev. Larry Brumfield, a black pastor at Westminster Church of the Brethren in northern Maryland, said he was saddened by the findings.

I wouldnt say Im surprised, he said, but Im a little put off by it because I feel that we have, as a people, as a group, as a demographic unit, we have not educated ourselves and learned and grown.
Brumfield, who is straight, said too few blacks accept sexual orientation as the immutable trait many scientists believe it to be.

I think a lot of folk think its a conscious choice, he said. But like blue eyes or green eyes, its how God made us.

Robinson said although he and other gay activists have progressed in their educational work among religious and secular black communities, support for same-sex marriage has been agonizingly slow to materialize.

African Americans, in large part, have been very resistant to any notion of discrimination against anyone, even when it comes to same-sex couples, he said. But we have not made the case yet that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is discrimination.

Several prominent, straight black leaders have tried to help drum up support for same-sex unions.

Among those who have announced support for gay marriage are Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. who died in 2006; activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a prominent civil rights leader.

Julian Bond, chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also is an ardent supporter of equal rights for gays.

I think more work should go into finding out why the support isn't there, and perhaps a more exact study as to whether it is related to socioeconomic background. There are, of course, the churches, but that is an equally difficult barrier in white conservative churches as well (I bet you if you surveyed those white churches alone, you would see even a higher percentage of whites in that subgroup opposed to marriage equality -- it is only that more whites are secular or practice a more tolerant form of religion).
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