Starting Monday, Essence.com, AsianAvenue.com and other sites began featuring advertising for a new multicultural campaign to promote same-sex marriage awareness. Marriage Equality Matters was created by Lamda Legal, the National Black Justice Coalition, Asian Equality, the National Latina/o Coalition for Justice and Freedom to Marry. It's a direct response to right-wing attempts to co-opt pastors, churches and communities of color against gay marriage. H. Alexander Robinson, CEO of the the NBJC, says black couples have more to lose if denied the protections of marriage. "On average, black same-gender-loving women are more likely to be raising children, black gay families earn less and are more likely to have public sector jobs than our white peers."
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist begins preparations for his likely 2008 presidential bid. He announces a June 5 vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. It's not expected to get the 67-vote super majority but certainly will spark election-year debate.
Alaskan legislators introduce a marriage constitutional amendment that would deny employment benefits to gay couples who are public employees.