Showing posts with label Interracial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interracial. Show all posts

April 6, 2012

Is the tide turning regarding African Americans’ attitudes toward homosexuality?


   I found it interesting in our interview with Democrats Earl Jones and Marcus Brandon this week that both men readily expressed opposition to the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina
Brandon is an openly gay state House member whom Jones wants to unseat in the 60th District. Both men are black.
Their district is majority black.
This matters because African Americans traditionally have been especially conservative on the issue of gay rights, an attitude largely rooted in the black church.
In fact, the black vote was instrumental in the passage of California anti-gay marriage amendment in 2008. One exit poll placed it at 70 percent. Later analysis suggested the number may have been only 57 to 59 percent. But that’s still solid support and some black clergy helped lead the charge.
In 2008 and 2009, a Pew Forum poll found that 62 percent of African Americans opposed gay marriage in 2008 and 2009. By 2010, the number dropped to 59 percent but was still greater than white opposition to gay marriage, which polled at 46 percent in 2010.
Jones characterized the law as “a distraction and a nonissue” and went so far as to say he support repeal of the current state law against gay marriage.
Added Brandon: “The marriage amendment serves exactly no purpose.”
Black voters and the black community traditionally has turned a cold shoulder toward gay rights because it has viewed homosexuality as sinful and forbidden by the Bible.
So what happens in 2012? The Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, has proclaimed his opposition to the marriage amendment and the NAACP’s opposition.
Barber won’t go so far as to say he supports gay marriage. But he did write in a 2011 op-ed: “The NAACP strongly urges you to reject the so-called same sex amendment and any other present or future proposals of constitutional amendments that would permanently deprive any person in our great state of his or her inalienable rights.”
In an ironic way, the politics of the North Carolina amendment may have helped to stoke black opposition.
Barber also wrote: “Our research shows that today shadowy money with connections to ultraconservative think-tanks and millionaires are financing a cynical move to trick some North Carolina voters in next year’s election by trying to place a state constitutional amendment on the issue of ‘Same Sex Marriage’ on the presidential election ballot. The Family Research Council has reportedly paid for radio ads, targeting both African American and White legislators who have large African American constituencies. The millionaires who fund these election tricks could care less about who marries whom. But they invest their money in issues that will affect who votes for whom.”

November 30, 2011

KY Church Bans Gay Marriage but they also decided to go back to the 60’s and now bans Interracial Marriages

 Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire

Gulnare Freewill Baptist church has decided to take a stand against an insidious form of marriage…interracial marriage that is. The Pike County, Kentucky church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or to allow them to take part in worship activities.
This came up when the daughter of Dean Harville, a longtime member of the church who serves as its secretary and clerk, brought her fiance to the church this past June. Stella Harville’s fiance is Ticha Chikuni, who is from Zimbabwe. Stella Harville is getting her master’s degree in optical engineering at a school in Indiana and Chikuni works at Georgetown College. Neither of them are members of the church, though Harville was baptised there.
Randy Johnson, the president of the Pike County Ministerial Association said of the vote that “It’s not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form.” he is not the only one who is pushing back against this vote.
After the two sang at the church, which has about forty people attending it, Dean Harville was informed by pastor Melvin Thompson that the couple would not be allowed to sing at the church again. Thompson stepped down as pastor in August over health issues, but did not back down from the issue. The new pastor, Stacy Stepp, said that the couple could sing at the church if they so wanted to; however, Thompson pushed the issue and proposed that the church go on record as saying that they would not condone interracial marriage.
Thompson’s proposal said that all people were welcome to attend public worship services, but that the church was against interracial marriage and that “parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services.” Interracial couples were also banned from various events including funerals. The recommendation also stated that it is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.”
Members at a meeting decided to put the matter before the whole church, and nine people voted for it and six against. There were a lot of abstentions.
Harville stated that he felt that it was motivated by racism, and that “It sure ain’t Christian. It ain’t nothing but the old devil working.” However, Thompson, who owns a hardware store, has told reporters that the proposal was taken out of context. Still, Stella Harville said that the whole thing has been hurtful and that “They’re the people who are supposed to comfort me in times like these.”
Johnson, with the local ministerial association, said the reactions have included heartbreak and disbelief.
“Most of us thought that we’d moved well beyond that,” he said.
Harville said he plans to ask the conference of churches to which Gulnare Freewill Baptist belongs to overturn the vote.
Even if that happens, however, “I don’t think I’ll be able to go back there,” his daughter said.
Ah, it is hard to forget that many of those opposed to interracial marriages once used Bible verses like “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son” to oppose marriage equality for the people.

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