Which is why I haven't mentioned the gay marriage thing. My interest in reading folks' justifications for their bigotry is pretty much at zero right now.
From Gay.com, Julian Bond endorses same-sex marriage:
One of the leading voices for racial equality in the United States has pledged to support marriage rights for lesbian and gay couples, calling it a "civil rights issue."
Julian Bond, the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and one of the pivotal figures in the 1960s fight for equality, announced he was backing the campaign for marriage rights through a statement released Monday.
"I see this as a civil rights issue," he said. "That means I support gay civil marriage."
[. . .] Bond's statement comes after a raft of popular civil rights leaders stated their support for marriage equality. These include Coretta Scott King, Carol Moseley Braun, Al Sharpton, John Lewis, Henry Louis Gates and others.
Yeah, Sharpton. You got a problem with that? Take it up with LesbianLife.About.com:
- On Same-Sex Marriage: "I believe in equal human rights, before the law, for all human beings, and race, gender, disability, class or sexual orientation should not be a factor under the law. Even though we live under the law in a secular democratic society, religious groups must still be able to maintain their spiritual and moral option to either give or withhold a religious or sacred blessing to such unions. However, the government should not have that option. It must affirm the human and legal rights of everyone."
- On Don't Ask, Don't Tell: "The military code of conduct should allow military people to live openly in the 'truth' rather than live silently or covertly a 'lie'.
- On Gender Identity and Employment: "No American should be discriminated against on the job because of their gender identity or expression."
He's also in favor of extending the Family Medical Leave Act to same-sex couples, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Federal Hate Crimes Law, the Permanent Partners Immigration Act (H.R. 832) which would allow American citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration into the country and giving gays and lesbians the same rights to adopt children as heterosexuals. Most of which is quoted material, but it'd be a nasty string of ellipses if I tried indicating that.
Maybe all this has been mentioned in the mainstream media. I've been avoiding it, particularly regarding the Democratic primaries, for a while now.
Still haven't heard or seen the footage of the Dean scream. Tragic, tragic loss, I know.
I'd add something here about homophobia in some parts of the Black community (well, more like communities, plural) just to balance things out, but don't feel up to searching for links indicating same. Deal.
Wait, that's right, I didn't state my position on all this like the real bloggers do.
I'm with the people I quoted.