African Americans Discuss Prop 8

In case you missed yesterday’s Tom Joyner Morning Show broadcast, NBJC’s Executive Director Sharon Lettman was interviewed about the overturn of Proposition 8 by Roland Martin.

We all know, on August 4, the federal court issued a ruling in the challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 amendment to California’s constitution that bans marriage between gay and lesbian couples.  U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s ban on marriage equality for gay and lesbian people, ruling it unconstitutional.

Lettman was invited to speak on the Tom Joyner Morning Show in support of marriage equality, where she stated:
“This is about equal rights. This is about equality. We as Black people cannot forget the struggles we went through.  For too long, we have been in denial about our brothers and sisters, that we have gays and lesbians in the African American community.  We don’t want to put our dignity on a ballot. It is about dignity, it is about respect.”

When asked about the impact of the ruling on the Black community, Lettman responded:
“The reality is there needs to be an honest conversation about the solidarity of the Black family. What has to be recognized is that gay and lesbian rights as African Americans need to be an inclusive part of the African American conversation… marriage equality can build stronger Black families.”