Uniting Together: N.Y. Times Columnist Highlights Need for Bridge Building Between Communities

On Monday the Human Rights Campaign launched it’s latest “Americans for Marriage Equality” public service announcement.  The ad features  civil rights leader and former N.C.A.A.C.P. chair,  Dr. Julian Bond.

“Gay and lesbian couples have the same values as everyone else. Love, commitment and stable families. They should have the same right to marry as the rest of us,” says Bond in the video.

In a MUST read editorial piece published this morning, Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times writes, “In our world there are divisions and even tensions among minority groups, and the quest to legalize same-sex marriage — now permitted in six states and Washington, D.C. — has met particular resistance from African-Americans.”

Bruni goes on to highlight some of the reasons for the disconnect between the two communities as well as some of the areas where progress needs to be made.

Bond tells  Bruni that the African-American community is “composed of many Biblical literalists” who “put a wrong and wrong-headed emphasis on certain Biblical references to homosexuality.”

“Wade Henderson, the president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, noted the existence of phrases like “gay is the new black” and said that attempts to equate the persecution of gay and black Americans can be “deeply offensive.”  Writes Bruni who goes onto point out that unlike  most within the LGBTQIA community, black Americans were enslaved and were not able to hide their differences from the larger society.

Read Bruni’s full column HERE.



Earlier PSA’s in the Americans for Marriage Equality PSAs include Academy Award winning actress Mo’Nique and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.


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