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Published:November 6th, 2008 18:44 EST
Gay Marriage Not a Black and White Issue!

Gay Marriage Not a Black and White Issue!

By John Lillpop


By John Kakistos Lillpop

Gay activists who lament the passage of the California measure that bans same-sex marriage are quick to label those who voted for the measure as narrow minded bigots, homophobes, and right-wing religious fanatics.

Such activists claim that those who believe that marriage should be limited to a union between one man and one woman are intent on denying equality and civil rights to gays and lesbians.

However, in American society there is no demographic that has suffered greater discrimination and civil rights struggles than African- Americans.

No demographic has a better understanding of the pain and suffering that discrimination inflicts than African-Americans.

That being said, one would expect the "civil rights" argument advanced by proponents of gay marriage to resonate particularly well among African-American voters.

Yet, 70 percent of the African-Americans who voted on November 4 voted for Proposition 8. That same demographic also voted even more overwhelmingly for Barack Obama.

By the way, the majority of Latinos who voted also voted to ban same-sex marriage.

The truth is that many African-Americans and Latinos simply do not believe that gay marriage is a civil rights issue. In fact, some blacks are hostile to the notion that the gay community has hijacked the civil rights issue.

In addition, is should be noted that Barack Obama himself has stated that he opposes gay marriage. Yes, he did indeed speak out against Proposition 8, calling it unnecessary.

Still, is Barack Obama a narrow minded bigot, homophobe, or a religious nut case because he opposes same-sex marriage?

The big question: Why is acceptance of gay marriage NOT a part of the Obama Change vision?