NEW YORK, November 28, 2003 ( – Rev. William Sinkford, a black man who is president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, said “the struggle for gay civil rights is this generation’s great challenge, just as equality for blacks was the last generation’s”. This statement followed on the heels of the November 18 Massachusetts Supreme Court order to legalize same-sex marriage in that state. The Massachusetts court cited landmark laws that struck down bans on interracial marriage as a comparison for the same-sex marriage issue.  Conservative black leaders are incensed by the comparisons, stating that homosexual behaviour is a choice. Mychal Massie, a conservative columnist for, said “It is an outrage to align something so offensive as this with the struggle of a fallen man, a great man such as Martin Luther King.”“The whole thing bespeaks of something much deeper and more insidious than we just want to get married,” he said. “They want to change the entire social order.”

Alvin Williams, president and CEO of the conservative, Washington D.C.-based Black America’s Political Action Committee, said the gay marriage issue is “about behavior, not ethnicity”.  The day of the Massachusets ruling (November 18), a Pew Research Center poll revealed that 60% of blacks oppose same-sex marriage.  Read further coverage of the issue at:,2933,104312,00.html


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