'Electoral politics aside, it's important to note that Julian Bond, the former chairman of the NAACP and co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, personally embraced gay rights years ago and has since pushed black leaders inside and outside of the NAACP to do the same. For instance, in response to a 2004 query by Ebony magazine about whether gay rights should be considered a civil rights issue, Bond answered: "Of course.... 'Civil rights' are positive legal prerogatives--the right to equal treatment before the law. These are rights shared by all--and there is no one in the United States who does not--or should not--share in these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way." ...Tomiko Brown-Nagin (right), in a Legal History Blog post entitled "'Historic' Decision: NAACP Endorses Marriage Equality." As Tomiko explains, the NAACP action came within days of President Barack Obama's statement "that same sex couples should be able to get married." (photo credits here and here)
'In past discussions of the link between black civil rights and gay rights, Bond frequently noted that Bayard Rustin [above left], a gay man, played an important role in the civil rights movement.'
Sunday, May 27, 2012
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