Julian Bond: ‘Gay and lesbian marriage are universal rights’Online Only, Top Highlights Friday, March 30th, 2012
In an interview with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper Thursday, Julian Bond, social activist and former chairman for the NAACP, reaffirmed his position that marriage is a civil right which all Americans should be entitled to regardless of sexual orientation. The interview follows news that the National Organization for Marriage may have had intent to create a political wedge issue between African-Americans and the LGBT community after secret campaign documents were revealed Tuesday.
“You see the push for equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans as a civil rights movement,” said Cooper.
“Very much so, of course, it’s exactly the same,” replied Bond. “It’s a right that all Americans have and no reason why gay and lesbian people ought not have these rights too. These are universal rights.”
According to CNN, fifty percent of African-Americans are now in favor of gay and lesbian marriage.
Bond added, “I don’t care if you’re gay or straight. This is something you need to be concerned about.”
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