A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for marriage equality remaining consistent at 53 percent, with a growing number of African Americans backing the freedom to marry. Fifty-nine percent of black respondents said they want to legalize same-sex marriage and 65 percent favor President Obama’s position on the issue. For the first time, the number of Americans who “strongly” support marriage also (39 percent) outweighs the number who “strongly” oppose it (32 percent).
Marvel Comics' Astonishing X-Men is set to experience a new sound effect on top of its booms, whams, and snikts: the bong of wedding bells. Specifically, it's the wedding bells of Marvel's first marriage for a gay couple between longtime X-Man Northstar and his civilian boyfriend, Kyle. After pairing up the couple in 2009, Marvel is officially tying their knot in June's Astonishing X-Men #51.
LGBT activists all over the country will celebrate the third annual Harvey Milk Day on May 22, a holiday honoring the pioneering San Francisco supervisor... A bill authored by California State Asseblyman Mark Leno and signed into law by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger created Harvey Milk Day in 2009. While California is the only state to officially honor the legislator, whose tragic assassination at the hands of fellow Supervisor Dan White was depicted in the Academy Award-winning 2008 film "Milk," people all over the country also participate.
Bishop V. Gene Robinson writes, "[Harvey] Milk famously said to his gay and lesbian constituents, “Coming out is the most political thing you can do.” Once they actually know us, they won’t vote against us, he concluded....
I am black. I am gay. And yes, I am a Christian. That intersection exists in our hair salons, barbershops and, yes, even our churches. No one is making room for gay people, gay people have always been at the table, at the forefront.
The board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse marriage equality on Saturday, putting the weight of the country’s most prominent civil rights group behind the cause.
The largely symbolic move, made at the group’s quarterly board meeting in Miami, puts the N.A.A.C.P. in line with President Obama, who endorsed marriage a little over a week ago. Given the timing, it is likely to be viewed as both a statement of principle as well as support for the president’s position in the middle of a closely contested presidential campaign.