NAACP President Ben Jealous Talks Same-Sex Marriage Support: ‘I Hope This Will Be A Game-Changer’

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he hopes the organization’s announcement of support for same-sex marriage will inspire resistant African Americans to rethink their opinions on the issue.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Jealous drew comparisons with the struggle of his parents to find acceptance for their interracial marriage in the 1960’s. He also made it very clear that the NAACP’s position focuses on marriage equality “in the eyes of government, not religion.”

California Gay Marriage Ban STRUCK DOWN By Federal Appeals Court

Today a federal appeals court ruled that California’s infamous Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Like a previous ruling from Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the court ruled that Proposition 8 violates the equal protection of gay and lesbian couples by denying them the right to marry.

Today’s ruling basically ensures that the case will reach the Supreme Court.

Gay Is the New Black: limitations of identity politics

In 2008, when I first read “Gay is the New Black” on the cover of the Advocate, I CRINGED at its implications.  Even as I write, “Gay is the New Black,” it is unsettling because it elides, obfuscates and erases many tensions and concerns. You may be asking, “Why speak about it now, three years after the article was published?” The answer is simple—I feel the need to talk about my concerns and fears on the matter because of the Obama Administration’s legal/political move to position/add gay people as a protected class of citizens.