Friday, February 24, 2012

On Black Churches and Gay Rights: Finally, a Perspective I Can Support.

"I believe that issues of human rights and constitutionality should not be submitted to - we should not base them on public consensus. If slavery had been submitted to referendum, if segregation had been submitted to referendum, then I and many residents of our communities, minorities, wouldn't have many of the opportunities that we have, perhaps.

When it comes to issues of constitutionality, and I believe that's what the federal appeals court said recently as it relates to Prop 8 in California, that when it comes to issues of constitutionality and human rights, these are not issues that should be adjudicated by public consensus.

If it's an issue of recreation, like let's say slots or casinos coming to a particular community or state, I can understand that. But I think that we should be very hesitant about rushing to submitting such an issues to referendum."
-Reverend Delman Coates, senior pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, on NPR's "Talk of the Nation".
'Nuff said.

...Unfortunately, this is one enlightened pastor in a myriad of bigots who think that the Civil Rights Movement train stopped at the black station, and now no one else can get on.

Maryland, my home state, will hopefully make gay marriage legal, pending a referendum. O'Malley already signed the bill. Do the right thing, Marylanders. Make me proud. F*** H8.

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