History suggests black voters as open to marriage as whites

08/14/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Timothy Stewart-Winter, the James C. Hormel Fellow in Lesbian and Gay Studies at the University of Chicago -- citing exit polls in 11 states that voted on marriage bans in 2004 -- doesn't buy the conventional wisdom that black voters are more likely to oppose LGBT rights than whites. "Opposition to gay rights takes culturally specific forms, and [The Washington Post's Jonathan] Capehart was right, of course, that there is 'a homophobia problem in the black community.' But it's no worse than the homophobia problem in America that belongs to all of us," Stewart-Winter writes.

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