Recently, I posted an essay on Dissenting Justice that criticizes a conservative political group's effort to exploit homophobia among blacks in California in order to mobilize support for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. If approved by voters, the measure would effectively reverse a California Supreme Court ruling which held that denying same-sex marriage to individuals who wanted to enter into such marriages violated the equality component of the state's constitution. Now, three states -- California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts -- permit same-sex marriage, although several other states explicitly ban the practice by statute or constitutional provision. Still others, like New Jersey and Vermont, allow for "civil unions," which the Connecticut Supreme Court recently rejected as discriminatory.
Black Voices (and other media) posted that essay on its website, and it has sparked a very lively discussion with 82 comments (and counting). You can view the discussion here: Black Voices discussion of race and gay rights. Thank you Black Voices for providing a space to engage in meaningful political debate -- and for helping me obtain exposure for my own blog!
What are your thoughts? My original posting appears here: Dissenting Justice essay on race and gay rights.