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While nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that legal recognition of gay marriage is inevitable and an increasing number of states are proving their belief to be true, a new documentary is telling a different story about support for same-sex marriage in the U.S.
Produced by award-winning filmmaker and journalist Yoruba Richen, “The New Black” takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community, the film’s website explains.
According to Richen, the documentary, a follow-up to previous works that includes “Promised Land” and “Take It From Me,” is fraught with politics and personal stories on both sides of the same-sex marriage campaign. And at the core of it, the black church’s homophobic tendencies, she says.
“The reality is that the African-American community and the black church is diverse and opinions on this issue have reflected that,” Richen told POLITICO. “There were some black public figures who took stances very early on in support of gay rights — look at Jesse Jackson’s rainbow coalition in the 80’s — while others spoke out against it. Also in terms of polling, African-American support (like other groups) has varied depending how you phrase the question and the religiosity of the respondents.”
In one such poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this month, 66 percent of African Americans said that they believe being gay is a choice, a lifestyle that gay men and women decide to lead.
The poll also revealed that fewer Americans would be upset if their son or daughter were gay or lesbian, and that more people favor gay and lesbian couples raising children, findings that Pew attributes to the fact that most Americans now say that they know someone who is gay or lesbian. As Pew noted, “even holding demographic factors constant, those who have many gay acquaintances, or close gay friends and family members, are more likely to favor same-sex marriage than those who do not.”
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Hopefully, when you see love, you’re able to recognize it quickly. And there’s nothing but love that emanates from Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz. The couple who appear to be opposites clearly compliment each other upon further observation. They finish each others’ sentences and profess the devotion they have for each other and laugh at the way the met, even though they’ve been together for nearly 14 years.
Marquis and Smaltz were one of the few same-sex couples who were able to solidify the commitment they have for each other by marrying in a quaint ceremony in Central Park. Be sure to peep Audrey, the former model’s, sunglasses during her wedding ceremony. The woman is still fabulous at all of 76 years old. Gail Marquis, a former Olympic ball player is 58 years old.
Audrey Smaltz, who had never dated a woman and had been married for 14 1/2 years before she met Gail, sat down with FreedomToMarry to talk about their love.
Check out this adorable video of these wives and let us know what was your favorite moment from their precious story.
Last night Beyoncé Knowles-Carter voiced her stance on the gay marriage debate when she posted a photograph of one of her infamous handwritten notes to her Instagram page. The note read:
“If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it. We will #unite4marriageequality. B,”
In addition to the note, she posted a photo of the Human Rights Campaign’s red equal logo.
She captioned the photo with a message that read:
“It’s about time #equality #prop8 #marriageislove ❤❤ show your support!!”
Bey reiterating her stance on the marriage equality debate is significant as both messages were posted in very close proximity of two major pending gay marriage cases being brought before the Supreme Court. Yesterday’s case addressed California’s Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage in the “golden state.” Today, the courts will address whether or not the Defense of Marriage Act, which is an act that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, is constitutional.
Last spring, Jay-Z also revealed that he was in support of gay marriage.
“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple,” he told CNN.
Happy birthday to Chris Rock who turns 48 today. In honor of one of the funniest, most thought-provoking comedians of our generation, we take a look back at some of Rock’s most memorable and hilarious quotes.
In 2005, Rock snagged the job as host of the Academy Awards ceremony. During the opening monologue and throughout the show, Rock poked fun at many of the famous movie stars that were in attendance and Nicole Kidman wasn’t safe from Rock’s wrath:
“The only acting you ever see at the Oscars is when people act like they’re not mad they lost. Nicole Kidman was smiling so wide, she should have won an Emmy at the Oscars for her great performance. I was like, ‘If you’d done that in the movie, you’d have won an Oscar, girl.’”
Poor Fanny. Lord knows I root for her but this past week it’s become increasingly difficult to stand by and watch her sink deeper and deeper into that hole she’s hellbent on digging for herself. In case you missed it, in her original rant, she
whined explained the unfairness (?) in the fact that people were judging her life when gay marriage and marijuana are legal in some places in the U.S.
Fantasia was further outraged when she noticed that the media ran with and misinterpreted her words. She released another error-laden message about how her words were incorrectly being used against her. I’m not exactly sure how those words could not be interpreted as homophobic; but Fantasia justified them by playing the same cliche card a whole lot of bigoted people play: “I have gay friends.” In Fantasia’s case it was gay fans and a predominately gay management team.
What can we say that we haven’t already?
What we do know is that this has not been Fantasia’s week. While, I would bet she doesn’t have a problem with homosexuality as a practice, she maybe, probably definitely has a problem with them being able to legally marry…and smoke that ooo-wee.
I would bet that she’s probably pissed off a few of those gay fans she was claiming.
I’m not sure if Kid Fury was ever a fan of Fantasia but he definitely had a few choice words for the songstress. Though I won’t endorse his particular word choice, I will say that the sentiment behind his words is something I can agree with and it is certainly enough reason for Fantasia Barrino to be having the worst week ever.
We’re hoping she pulls it together by Sunday.
Oh Fanny…Fantasia Goes Off On Her Instagram About People Judging Her, But Condoning Gay Marriage And Marijuana
“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!”Clearly these comments weren’t given the “AMEN!” she was looking for, because as I stated, she deleted the comment. But on top of that, word spread about her comments, giving the impression to some that maybe she’s against gays, so her manager, Brian Dickens, put out a statement to clear the air about her actual support of the LGBT community:
And in an effort to clear her own name from those coming at her head about her comments, Fantasia saw fit to take to Instagram one mo’ gin to set the record straight about what she really meant:Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.
“It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context,” she wrote. “I Fantasia Monique Barrino don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as well as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.”I don’t think Fantaisa really meant any harm in her comments, but in the future, seeing as how she just can’t win with those who just don’t approve of her, she should just stop talking about her private life to “give people the facts.” Seriously. It’s not helping whatsoever, and you would think she would have learned that it doesn’t help to try and explain why you do what you do with your life to strangers. Just ask Alicia Keys and Gabrielle Union. As someone who exposed a majority of her life on TV, there’s really no going back from what people saw and decided to take judgment with when it comes to Fantasia. Just continue to make music, take care of your family and live your life, Fanny. And oh yeah, next time, just stick to posting pictures on Instagram, because these long rant-ish captions just get you in trouble it seems…
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From The Grio
Rev. Jesse Jackson would perform a same sex marriage if he was asked to. During last week’s Democratic National Convention, Jackson told conservative outlet Human Events that he sees “no problem” with gay marriage.
“Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the inclusion of blacks, Hispanics, 18-year-olds, and women, opportunities are now unlimited,” Jackson said.
When asked if he would perform a marriage ceremony between two people of the same gender, without hesitation he replied, “If was asked to.”
This spring, Jackson called for federal protections for gay marriage,s just as civil rights are protected by the federal government.
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