“We’re engaged in fighting a whole range of issues of urgent relevance to the gay community and people of color in our country, including school bullying, hate crimes and employment discrimination. But we’re a barge, not a speedboat. We’re not going to repeat the mistakes of so many other institutions that have literally torn themselves apart over this divisive issue.” That’s NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous on why his organization won’t take an official position on same-sex marriage (which we’ve blasted the NAACP for).
Which is like saying gay activists should not have supported black civil rights in the 1950s and 60s (which, frankly, they did). It also ignores some inconvenient facts, like: There are gay people in the black community, just like there are people of color in the gay community. And the NAACP’s unwillingness to be firm on marriage equality is a slap in their faces. Yes, the NAACP has been on ally to gays in the past; it supports hate crimes legislation and against laws banning same-sex marriage. But the org’s unwillingness to support what boils down to a civil rights issue is unnerving.
MORE: Why is same-sex marriage “such a divisive issue in the black community”? Answers Jealous: “If gay rights groups want to change the opinion polls in the black community, they have to invest in it. It’s a long-term conversation. The battle to oppose Prop 8 could have been much better run. They came to the black community late, with the expectation that they were going to get certain results.”
Is it wrong to think that Jealous also bears some responsibility in changing the minds of the black community? Especially when it comes to civil rights?
@AlwaysGay: There is no right to homosexual marriage
And you already have a right to traditional marriage.
@Forrest: Actually Loving v Virginia ruled marriage – between one man and one woman – was a right.
Not sure what the “Christian Taliban” means?
Can we call GLAAD the “homosexual Taliban” or would that be considered offensive?
@Andrew W: That should NEVER be tolerated. It is time to end the “idea” that we are “wrong, sinners or deviant.” Religion must change again – willingly or forcefully, because our equality is more important.
You seem to be saying that people of faith should give up that faith just so that you can be lulled into the delusion that “it’s ok to be gay”.
In other words you are demanding tolerance of your homosexuality whilst denying tolerance of “religion”.
Can you see the irony now?
@InExile: Your post is not only inaccurate, it doesn’t make sense.
There is not one shred of evidence that homosexuality is a genetic behaviour. Homosexuals make choices to act on their deviant sexual yearnings.
Yes religion is also a choice, you are right about that. But “religion” (as you homosexuals love to generalise) is not about hate and bigotry.
In the case of Christianity it’s about recognising the existence of God as the Creator of the Universe, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It’s about taking a principled stand and trying to live in accordance with God’s wishes.
If you choose to reject “religion” in favour of a homosexual lifestyle that is your choice.
@Duncan Behines: The fact is most black Americans oppose the redefinition of marriage for homosexuals, even in “liberal” California.
Moreover most black Americans don’t see a parallel between their fight for civil rights and the demands of homosexuals.
Homosexuals were never slaves, never subject to legalised apartheid, never lynched, never denied the vote and who are able to lead privileged lives in prominent positions.
I wonder why the unruly No On 8 mobs didn’t take their protests to Florence and Normandy or South Central instead of spraying graffiti on some Mormon churches in posh Santa Monica?
It’s ridiculous to try and equate race with a sexual deviation.
@Andrew W: Thanks for exposing your lack of tolerance towards people of faith.
Comparing the existence of God to Elvis is rather stupid and completely irrelevant.
And believing that there is some kind of rational basis for a sexual deviation like homosexuality is equally ludicrous.
The fact is most homosexuals have to try and discredit every major world religion in order to try and sustain the delusion that it’s “ok to be gay”.
Then you have to re-invent the English language, redefine marriage, invert logic, disregard the laws of Nature and ignore human instinct and millenia if human wisdom!
You are the ones living in a dream world.
@KD108: We can’t legislate on religious beliefs, but you think we should legislate on homosexual beliefs?!?
Marriage is for one man and one woman as a way to legitimise children and form a foundation for a family.
Why do we need to legitimise a homosexual coupling which can never produce anything?
@Andrew W: Your repeated christiophobic bigotry, disrespect and intolerance is duly noted.
The homosexual agenda is so negative and destructive.
They want to eliminate religious faith – the very thing that has given hope to billions of people over thousands of years.
Hope not just for this life but for the next life too.
And a vision of how this Earth and this Universe was created.
And they want to replace all that with what?
A belief that homosexuality is not deviant. False “families” consisting of homosexual couples adopting other people’s babies. The violation of marriage and the family.
Why on earth would normal people want to buy into such a futile, pointless objective?
Andy and Kev – thanks for your intelligent, coherent well though-out responses.
Is it any wonder you are losing the battle??