' “Nationally, anti-gay rights activists have had a great deal of success in encouraging black voters to oppose gay rights, partially because [gay rights] are seen – incorrectly – as a ‘white issue,’” writes Adam Serwer on the website of American Prospect, a liberal magazine. '
'Derek McCoy, a pastor at Hope Christian Church in suburban Washington ... " ... says the law is yet another example of a legislative branch “pulling a fast one on the constituents.” '
"A group of black ministers filed a lawsuit in an effort to stall the bill until a referendum could put the question to Washington voters. A judge dismissed the suit."
Good for that judge! I can't believe that black ministers, who are normally such great civil rights advocates, would get so worked up over "gay rights".
I'm very disturbed by Derek McCoy's comments and by the actions of the group of black ministers. Hello! What do you think would have happened to progress in black civil rights if they had been left to popular vote instead of that eeevil legislative branch? Blacks wouldn't have even got the right to vote!
About the perception that gay rights is a "white issue", that probably isn't the only reason for anti-gay feelings among blacks. I remember something I learned in Sociology 100. When you belong to an oppressed group, a common reaction is to take it out on other oppressed groups. That's why poor blacks and "poor white trash" despise each other. And yeah, "the Man" uses that to play "his" enemies off against each other.