Whats worse, being a black man or a black gay man?

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Gay is the new black, say the protest signs and magazine covers, casting the gay marriage battle as the last frontier of equal rights for all. Gay marriage is not a civil right, opponents counter, insisting that minority status comes from who you are rather than what you do. The gay rights movement entered a new era when Barack Obama was elected the first black president the same day that voters in California and Florida passed referendums to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying, while Arizonans turned down civil unions and Arkansans said no to adoptions by same-sex couples. Said Emil Wilbekin, the black gay editor of Giant magazine. “I always have this discussion with my friends: What’s worse, being a black man or a black gay man?”

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3 thoughts on “Whats worse, being a black man or a black gay man?

  1. Gay marriage is not a civil right, opponents counter, insisting that minority status comes from who you are rather than what you do.

    This is a bullshit strawman argument. Gay marriage is about equal rights, not minority status/rights.

    Marriage is two distinct things: it is civil contract enforceable by law and it’s a ritual ceremony where a church/organization recognized the marriage within its tradition and rules. That’s why a church wedding isn’t legal unless a government entity has issued a license. All citizens are guaranteed equal protection under the law, so government has no business denying same-sex couples the right to enter into a civil contract.

    Now the ceremonial aspect is a whole ‘nother smoke. If your church thinks marriage is only between a man and a woman then it shouldn’t perform the ritual. That’s religious freedom after all. More power to ‘em. But churches that try to obstruct the civil contract are trying to press their beliefs upon others.

    All the anti-gay laws that were just passed are going to be overturned soon. It might take ten or twenty years, but they absolutely will, just as miscegenation laws and sodomy laws were.

  2. Jag, you said that marriage is “is a civil contract enforceable by law.”

    Any objection on your part to multi-party marriage contracts?

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