NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond was one of the big guns brought in during last night's marriage equality hearings in the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee. The marriage bill passed committee 7-6 and now heads to the Senate for a Thursday vote.
The civil rights icon compared homophobia to racism. Says Bond, who traveled from Washington, D.C., to testify: "Like race, our sexuality isn’t a preference. It’s immutable, unchangeable and the Constitution protects us all from discrimination."
Bond adds: "Black people should not oppose marriage equality. And that is what gay marriage represents. It does not matter the rationale. Religious, cultural, pesudo-scientific. No people of goodwill should oppose marriage equality. And they should not think that civil unions are a substitute. At best, civil unions are separate but equal. And we all know where that got us."
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