The fight against Proposition 8 continues to attract support across the political spectrum. Ward Connerly, the controversial black Republican and affirmative action foe, writes an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee against the California ballot initiative that would rescind marriage in the nation's largest state.
"I consider it discriminatory and I abhor discrimination by our goverment against its taxpaying citizens," Connerly writes. "That is why I am voting no on Proposition 8."
In an interview today with The Times, Connerly said he made the decision without telling the No-on-8 campaign consultants, and against the wishes of some of his political advisors.
"There are times when you have consider who you are," Connerly said.
Connerly, whose wife is white, noted that when he got married in 1962, "the government in many parts of our country did not legally allow us to do that. I have never forgotten that."
"Many people invoked the Bible to say that blacks and whites should not marry and that our marriage was going to destroy Western society," Connerly said. "All that stuff comes back."
In July, Connerly came out strongly for gays and told the Arizona Republic there was no contradiction between opposing affirmative action and supporting gay rights and domestic partnerships.
Connerly has probably done more to single-handedly oppose affirmative action and roll back many gains that minorities and women made in corporate hiring and purchasing. Not to mention state-sponsored affirmative action programs in California. But we'll take almost any opposition to Prop 8 where we can find it.
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