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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oxendine to African-Americans: Beware same-sex marriage

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine sent an e-mail blast to supporters last week targeted at African-American voters that hit on every fear they could imagine, starting with his opening line: “The family is under attack, and in Washington D.C. this weekend, so is the President.”

Who is attacking our families?  And who attacked the President?!  Ah yes, those pesky gays.

Oxendine took the occasion of last weekend’s National Equality March to take to task the LGBT community for daring to hold their President accountable for his campaign promises.  The march was about many issues, including job discrimination and serving in the military, issues of which the African-American community obviously knows nothing about.  But another one of those issues was marriage equality, and that’s the one Oxendine wanted to hone in on:

One of the most important issues to conservative voters is the institution of marriage.  But not just white voters.  Many minority voters are very traditional in this area and they tell me they resent the gay lobby ‘hijacking’ the civil rights movement for something besides skin color or gender.

Coretta Scott King, African-American and women’s rights icon and widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a 2004 speech:

Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union.  A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.

Apparently, not only is the marriage of a committed couple just as important as the economy, job loss and two wars, but it’s also an affront to the African-American civil rights movement.  Because John Oxendine said so:

Those on the other side of this argument, made up of mostly Democrats, the gay community and special interests, have utilized any and every thing to secure civil marriage for themselves—including municipal governments, state legislatures, executive orders, courts, and did I mention, courts.  The GLBT lobby and activist groups have employed every tactic to distort ballot initiatives and spin the issue as something other than what it is.  Now, they want to apply pressure to President Obama and have him deliver for them.

Congressman John Lewis, civil rights icon and co-organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, in an April 2009 interview:

You have too many people in this society saying they’re against same-sex marriage.  If people fall in love and want to get married, it is their business.  Martin Luther King Jr. used to say races don’t fall in love in love and get married; individuals fall in love and get married.   So if two men or two women want to fall in love and get married it’s their business.   Some people say it is a threat to the institution of marriage, and some of these people who go around saying that same sex marriage is a threat to the institution of marriage, which marriage or what marriage are they talking about?  Some of these same individuals have had several marriages and I don’t think individuals that happen to be gay are a threat to anybody’s marriage.  Love is love.  It is better to love than to hate, it is better to be together than to be divided.

But by all means, preach on Brother Ox:

The gay rights movement that defines itself mostly on private behaviors will be marching in the streets in Washington, DC this weekend and making demands on public policy.  They want to redefine marriage.  They insist on teaching children in the public schools that same-sex marriage is morally equivalent to traditional marriage. I am asking Georgians of all races to come together on the issue of traditional marriage and do all we can to protect this sacred institution.

John Oxendine used the National Equality March as campaign fodder in his e-mail blast to preach to African-Americans about what they should think about same-sex marriage.  Surely they should listen to him rather than an African-American civil rights leader who actually spoke at the march.

Julian Bond, civil rights leader and chairman of the NAACP.  From his speech at the National Equality March:

Black people, of all people, should not oppose equality.  And that is what gay marriage is all about.  So it doesn’t matter the rational---religious, cultural, pseudo-scientific---no people of good will should oppose marriage equality.  We have some real and serious problems in this country.  Same-sex marriage is not one of them.

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