By Carolyn Zellander
Recently, I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance; she asked me if I would join a group called “Black Women for Obama“. I said “Why black women, why not ‘Women for Obama?’ What is the distinction?”
She said “Obama lost black women with that gay marriage endorsement, and they will not be voting for him in this election.”
About this time, I am really becoming intrigued with that statement, as I personally thought it was about time he stepped up to the plate and acknowledged that constitutional rights are not just for the heterosexual. Nevertheless, she felt it was a slip-up on his part. I said that was no slip-up on the part of the President. You see Mr. Obama knows on which side to butter his political bread. The LBGT community is a growing and important constituency and besides it was just the right thing to do.
She continued, “You know homosexuality is a sin don’t you? It is in the Bible.”
There is a lot of information in the Bible, I am told there are references in the Bible that support slavery …it still amazes me how folk take certain bits and pieces of text from the Bible to support certain arguments, but totally ignore some good sense ones like “Love thy Neighbor as Thy Self” or “Thy Shall Not Commit Adultery”.
I told her I don’t debate the Bible because I don’t necessarily subscribe to its’ authenticity. But even if I granted that everything she said about the Bible was true and that Homosexual people will be condemned to burn forever in hell, how was she and these “other” black women affected by the President’s statement? He was only expressing his personal opinion (which he had previously withheld). He was not signing a new law requiring same sex marriage. She still has a choice to marry a man, provided a man makes that proposal. And if another woman proposes, she still has the right to refuse. So what is the personal impact?
Why is it the most oppressed becomes the greatest oppressors? I am a black woman and have many friends of different cultures, races and religions …I might add I enjoy the diversity these friends bring and most, if not all of them, believe as I do …every person should be free to marry the person they love … independent of gender or anything else for that matter.
Black women you are free to cast your vote for someone other than Obama, but please use a more substantive reason than his statement of support for gay marriage.