There’s a fascinating new poll number out of South Carolina that tells you everything you need to know about where the politics of same-sex marriage in the country are headed and why Republicans need to be very careful with how they handle the issue in the coming years. The number is 52 percent — as in the percentage of South Carolinians who believe that marriages between same-sex couples should not be recognized under law, according to a new Winthrop University poll conducted for The State newspaper. But, consider this: In 2006, the Palmetto State passed a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage with 78 percent of the vote.-from washingtonpost.com
As an African-American woman living in downstate Illinois, I am very sensitive to those who resent any comparison between the struggle for equal rights for Americans of color and same-gender Americans seeking the same. I agree that the history and nature of the two movements are different. But there also are ample parallels. Lynchings, beatings, firings, housing discrimination, denial of educational opportunities, mockery and scorn are common evils visited upon both. There are many African Americans in same-sex relationships who have borne the double indignity of Jim Crow and the denial of their right to marry the person they love.
My thinking on this matter has been deeply influenced by the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. [...] The extension of equal rights to citizens currently denied them does not come at the cost of diminishing the rights of others.
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