Yesterday the D.C. City Council voted 12-1 to approve a bill that allows the city to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. The lone dissenter was four times married, ex convict, longtime crack addict, and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.
This is the reason Barry gave for casting the single vote against marriage equality in the district.
"What you've got to understand is 98 percent of my constituents are black and we don't have but a handful of openly gay residents," Barry said. "Secondly, at least 70 percent of those who express themselves to me about this are opposed to anything dealing with this issue. The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that."
Only a handful of openly gay residents in D.C.? Really? Now stay with me on this because it's leading somewhere.
"He(Barry) can make that claim about a "handful of openly gay residents" because too many of the black LGBTs are firmly in a padlocked closet, notes blogger Pam Spaulding. I don't know what it will take to get them out of the closet -- many attend the very churches that demonize them, HIV/AIDS rates are skyrocketing in the community, and now, the man who represents some of them doesn't have to acknowledge them."
The behavior demonstrated after the final vote by black clergy and residents opposed to marriage equality in my opinion was shameful and embarrassing, and it was all caught on video. You might want to stop reading and view the short video here. The fireworks explode at the 4:12 mark.
The entire country is moving forward on this issue and many in the African-American community refuse to see this a civil rights issue and are determined to use the crutch of religion to impede progress for LGBT's.
It's becoming clearly evident that they're going to fall on the wrong side of history. Thoughts?