We’re approaching, if not looking in the rearview mirror at, a watershed moment in American civil rights history. A majority of the American public now supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
And, despite what detractors have been saying and predicting, this includes black people, too. An increasingly wide array of black political, cultural, and even military leaders — Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Cory Booker, Governor Deval Patrick, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman John Conyers, Rev. Al Shaprton, Mayor Michael Nutter, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, and entertainers Will Smith, Jay-Z and 50 Cent, to name a few — have come out for marriage equality.
And now, the (black) people have spoken, too. A variety of polls are showing that, since President Obama spoke out, black Americans have evolved into majority support for same sex marriage. Yesterday, ABC News found a majority of black Americans supported gay marriage. Today, Public Policy Polling has found that a majority of black residents of Maryland (where a same-sex marriage law will be up for a vote this fall) are also supporting gay marriage.
We had the chance to speak about the reasons why this is happening on the Michelangelo Signorile Show yesterday on Sirius XM OutQ 108. Take a listen.
The Michelangelo Signorile Show airs weekdays from 2-6 p.m. EST on Sirius XM’s OutQ 108.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 24, 2012