Michelle Obama said her husband would fight for equal rights for gays at a Manhattan fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council that raised 1.3 million dollars in a room of 200.
She also noted her husband had brought a call for equality to conservative groups, telling churchgoers they need to combat homophobia in the Black community. Amen!
“The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds,” she said.
In reports on her speech to the group Michelle drew connections between the Black civil rights movement to the gays rights movement.
“We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union,” she said at the event, held days before the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots between gays and New York police, and the city’s annual gay pride parade.
And for the record, I agree with that. I don’t have a problem with drawing connections, I have a problem with saying that both struggles are the same. That they are not. I also have a problem—no make that a big problem, when gays who are not Black and who don’t do anything to even remotely close to supporting today’s Black civil rights movement (and dating a brotha or a sista doesn’t count) try to play on emotions and equate the struggles as being the same. Just so we’re clear.
It should also be noted that Obama opposes a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and believes that states should make their own decisions on the matter. McCain for the most part believes the same, except he went the extra mile and helped to get it banned in his state.
Good thing marriage isn’t the only issue I am focused on because if it was, I’d have to question my own support of Obama.