Black and Latino voters critical to same-sex marriage ban's success
Original post made by Samuel, Stanford, on Nov 6, 2008
The attempt to link gay rights to the Civil Rights movement seems to have failed dismally.
75% of Black women voters supported Prop 8 as did the majority of Hispanic voter.
There seems to be a couple of reasons for this.
1/ The gay rights movement is predominantly white upper middle class and ignore and, in fact, alienates minority gays
2/ Blacks have conservative family values.
There is an interesting analysis of these trends in todays San Jose Mercury
"Oscar Dace, senior pastor of the Bible Way Christian Center in San Jose, said it may have rankled some African-Americans to hear civil rights for gay and lesbian people compared to the civil rights struggles of blacks in the 20th century.
"Many African-Americans are very conservative when it comes to moral social issues. When it comes to the policy issues they are somewhat liberal. They could see Barack Obama on one hand and see the conservative, evangelical understanding on the other hand," he said.
Nieto, who is Latina, faulted the No on 8 campaign for not working hard enough to build ties to minority voters.
"The LGBT community has not done a good job of having relations with people outside of a white middle-class group," said Nieto. Among the leadership of the No on 8 campaign, "I could not find any evidence of any African-Americans or Latinos that were on the steering group. Even if it was one or two, that's not good representation."
It particularly rankled Nieto that the No on 8 television ads showed very few gay or lesbian people an omission also noted by other critics.
"We had no identity; we had no names," Nieto said"