Gay marriage more acceptable to blacks
November 18, 2012
A majority of African Americans in this country now support gay marriage, a shift in attitude from just four years ago, according to the head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Ben Jealous. (San Francisco Chronicle)
African Americans helped pass California’s ban on gay marriages in 2008, but indications are strong, said Jealous, that most now support the controversial issue following intensive efforts to paint gay marriage as a civil rights issue.
In the recent election, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state endorsed marriage rights for gays and lesbians by significant margins. That shows a big change in attitudes of African Americans in a relatively short time, said Jealous.
“We’re talking about it as a civil rights issue,” and people are listening, Jealous said in an interview last week during a visit to San Francisco. If the issue reached the ballot again in California, “we would see majority black support,” Jealous said. “I’m very confident that …we would win.”
The Pew Research Center in a poll found that 51 percent of African Americans nationwide endorse gay marriage rights, and 41 percent oppose it, double the support of 2008.