Word On the Street: Proposition 8
Splashing over headlines in recent news, Proposition 8, an initiative to ban gay marriage in California, has been overturned, now legalizing same sex marriage in the state. Following this controversial decision, we hit the pavement running in NYC and asked Black women out and about their opinions on the issue. Take a look at what they had to say when we asked: Do you still think marriage should be sanctioned only between a man and a woman? Or do you think the African-American community should be more supportive of gay marriage as a civil rights struggle?
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“I feel as though the African-American community needs to open their eyes when it comes to gay and lesbian unions. We have so many other issues within the African-American community. We got Black men beating our Black women, we got people on drugs, and we’re gonna brush all of that under the rug because we’re gay? If we could have two Black women or two Black men together and we could feel good, people wouldn’t be sleeping around as much. We can be together without making it seem like it’s evil. To all y’all African-Americans who think it’s wrong, it is not up to you guys. It is up to God. It’s up to God and the individual.”