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By | 2008-11-20T09:00:00-05:00 November 20th, 2008|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel

“…there remains only one Republican idea for reaching out to minority voters: Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention, recommends pandering to socially conservative blacks and Hispanics with yet more hyperventilation about same-sex marriage. Weird though it may be, gays were the sole minority group that actually voted slightly more Republican this year (though still going Democratic by 70 to 27 percent). Pitting blacks and Latinos against them could open up a whole new bloody front in the G.O.P. civil war.”
– Frank Rich, in his weekly column titled “The Moose Stops Here,” about the infighting currently fracturing the Republican Party, New York Times, Nov. 16.

“If your reasons for voting yes on Prop. 8 had more to do with your moral values and religion, I want you to consider this. If you think I am going to hell for being a lesbian, then let me go to hell. God doesn’t need your help and voting yes on Prop. 8 isn’t going to get me there that much faster or stop me from being a lesbian.
– Jasmyne Cannick, in a posting on her blog titled “Dear Black California…About Your Support of Prop. 8,”, http://www.jasmynecannick.com, Nov. 12.

“They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less. Instead of having gay marriage in California – no, we’re gonna have gay marriage across the country. When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York. I’m proud to be a woman, I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay.”
– Wanda Sykes, comedian and actress, came out publicly while addressing a rally in Las Vegas, protesting the passage of Prop. 8, http://www.AfterEllen.com, Nov. 15.

“White gays often wonder aloud why blacks, of all people, won’t support their civil rights. There is a real misunderstanding by the white gay community about the term. Proponents of gay marriage fling it around as if it is a one-size-fits-all catch phrase for issues of fairness. But the black civil rights movement was essentially born out of and driven by the black church; social justice and religion are inextricably intertwined in the black community. To many blacks, civil rights are grounded in Christianity – not something separate and apart from religion but synonymous with it. To the extent that the issue of gay marriage seemed to be pitted against the church, it was going to be a losing battle in my community.”
– Jasmyne Cannick, in her op-ed column titled “No-on-8’s white bias,” commenting on why Prop. 8 failed to win black support, LA Times, Nov. 8.

“I wish they would explain to me how they can, with a straight face, use arguments against gay people that were first tested and perfected against us. When, for instance, they use an obscure passage from the Bible to claim God has ordained the mistreatment of gays, don’t they hear an echo of white people using that Bible to claim God ordained the mistreatment of blacks? When they rail against homosexuality as unnatural, don’t they remember when that same word was used to describe abolition, interracial marriage and school integration? When they say they’d have no trouble with gay people if they would just stop “flaunting” their sexuality, doesn’t it bring to mind all those good ol’ boys who said they had no problem with “Nigras” so long as they stayed in their place?”
– Leonard Pitts, Jr. in his syndicated column titled “Vote on California gay marriage bill proves intolerance is too easy,” commenting on the role of black voters in the passage of Prop. 8, http://www.freep.com, Nov. 15.

“From now on, I intend to sow gay panic when and where I can. Maybe straight men, who voted in overwhelming numbers for the various anti-gay shit on their ballots, won’t be so quick to strip gay people of their civil rights if they’re worried that one false move – or one finger up the butt – can turn them gay. So for the record, breeder boys: A finger in the butt can make you gay; using a butt plug can make you gay; doing it doggy-style can make you gay; playing with your nipples can make you gay; fucking a woman in the ass can make you gay; standing up to pee can make you gay; and watching dudes hump dudes on ESPN – Ultimate Fighting Championship – for sure makes you gay.”
– Dan Savage, in his weekly sex advice column, “Savage Love,” after the election, in response to the question “Is There Something Gay About Using a Butt Plug?,” Village Voice, Nov. 11.

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