Blacks say gay rights not civil rights – poll

Lifesite News 1 Apr 2013
By a two-to-one margin, blacks reject the notion that homosexual rights compare with the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s, according to a new poll commissioned by Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television. The poll found that more blacks oppose redefining marriage and believe clergy are right to denounce homosexuality. In all, 55 percent of blacks deny the idea “that equal rights for gays are the same as equal rights for African Americans.” Only 28 percent believe they are the same. Despite the endorsement of prominent black leaders including the president, 42 percent of blacks still believe marriage should be “restricted to a man and a woman,” more than those who believe gays should be able to marry (40 percent).

Some of the attendees of the March for Marriage discussed the reasons blacks take umbrage at equating marriage “equality” and the broader question of gay rights with their own history in a video shot by TFP Student Action. “It really saddens me and a lot of African-Americans, because definitely, there is no comparison to be made there,” a woman told John Ritchie of the Catholic group Tradition, Family, Property (TFP). “I just don’t like the comparison, because to me there is absolutely none.” A man drew one blatant difference. “Homosexuals weren’t put in chains for 400 years. There’s no equality there,” he said. “They’re trying to equate unnatural behavior with natural behavior.”


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