The latest on the fight for marriage equality in California. Three lawsuits are filed against Proposition 8, which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage in California. It appears that the initiative has passed although some 3 million provisional and absentee ballots remain uncounted.
Meanwhile, several thousand protesters took to the streets of West Hollywood, marching down the Sunset Strip and backing up traffic for blocks. If the beautiful young woman at top in the purple looks familiar, she should. That is actress Jennia Fredrique who plays "Brandy" in Noah's Arc and the newly-released Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom. The actress is accompanied by director Patrik Ian Polk and both were kind enough to share these images and some thoughts with Rod 2.0.
Polk is "disheartened" by recent political developments and the overwhelming black support of the marriage amendment. "I've got a movie in theaters right now that's about a gay black wedding and the title is 'Jumping The Broom'," Polk tells Rod 2.0, "a reference to the fact that slaves literally had to jump over a broom to symbolize their marriages because they were not legally allowed to enter into such unions. So to hear that 75% of the black women in California who participated in this election voted for this hate-filled proposition is terribly disheartening. Have we black folk already forgotten what it was like to be discriminated against?"
Polk says the measure passed because many many blacks "dismiss gay rights issues as irrelevant to the black community" and believes "it's time more black gay men [became] more visible and more vocal."
Jennia Fredrique says it was important to bring her young son, Jennis, because she wanted to expose him to equality at an early age. "As a straight woman, I'm really tired of 'gay' not being accepted as normal and natural, " she tells Rod 2.0 adding the marriage ban is "discrimination" and it's "ridiculous that this is even something that's up for a vote."
Amen to that. Thanks to Patrik Ian Polk and Jenna Fredrique for the images and their time, and, for taking to the streets. Actor Doug Spearman was also extremely active in the fight against 8 and was joined by Darryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood and Rodney Chester at fundraiser in Oakland.
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom is now playing in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC. Due to popular demand, tomorrow it expands to Detroit, Houston, Palm Springs, San Francisco and Ocean, NJ.
Did You Read ...
"Yes We Can" to "YES on 8": Blacks Overwhelmingly Approve Prop 8 [R20]
Anti-Gay, Black Pastors Use Children for Prop 8 [R20]
Blige, Etheridge Raise $3.9M for No on Prop 8 [R20]
"Noah's Arc" Cast Urges "No" on Proposition 8 [R20]
"Noah's Arc" Actor Doug Spearman, Black Ministers Urge "NO" on Prop 8 [R20]
SCLC Leader Criticizes Anti-Gay, Black Pastors [R20]