Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pressure continues on Black legislators on gay marriage

Back in April, I did a post asking if anyone believes that Black religious leaders are chasing the wrong issue as far as gay marriage. Two months later we see that gay marriage is still an issue to consider for Black state legislators. Before the recent legislative session ended in May, legislation that would've allowed for gay marriage failed to come up for a vote.

A group of Black religious leaders led by former state Senator James Meeks - who also just so happen to be the Pastor at Salem Baptist Church located in the Pullman neighborhood - has been targeting Black state legislators on this issue. Reportedly Rev. Meeks himself provides the voice to the new round of robocalls produced by Family Pac that are opposed to gay marriage.

After these robocalls started again, a south side state legislator - state Rep. Monique Davis - who appeared to be leaning towards the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act has now come out as a no vote on this legislation. She claimed that the calls to her office on this issue has been 15-1 in opposition.

Two of our local state Representatives - Andre Thapedi & Elgie Sims - are being targeted by these opposition robocalls. I'm curious as to how much opposition or support they're running into on this issue at least from their constituents.

In the meanwhile, check out this robocall you can hear over at the Capitol Fax airing on "Black-oriented" radio stations that feature President & First Lady Obama that is in support of gay marriage. The President has already come out in favor, although, it apparently hasn't moved the pending legislation past either chamber of the General Assembly as of yet.

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