ARGUING EQUALITY An Interactive Web Guide To Understanding
And Presenting The Case For Same-Sex Marriage
 
CHAPTER 4:
THE RACIAL ANALOGY

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SHADED BOX: As I’ve noted earlier, comparisons between being an African-American and being gay or lesbian are fraught with quandaries, and one should be weary of them. What is considerably less problematic, however, are comparisons between racism and homophobia. While race is not necessarily similar to sexuality, racism is certainly similar to homophobia. They both stem from the same root cause – intolerance and fear. And they both take similar forms, usually by people of similar personality types.
 

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1. List obtained from William Eskridge, The Case for Same-Sex Marriage, pg. 66-67.
2. Bay Windows, “Don’t Just Get Mad… Do Something!” pg. 1, December 26, 1997, Vol. 16 No. 2.
3. Congressman Barney Frank, in a speech given before Congress.
4. As reported by the Associated Press, February 27, 2004.
5. Deborah Gray, as found in Jeffrey Nickel, Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Primer, pg.6k
6. Andrew Sullivan, Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, pg.147
7. Bruce Bawer, A Place at the Table, pg. 105
8. Bruce Bawer, A Place at the Table, pg. 112
9. Editors of The Economist, as found in Andrew Sullivan, Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, pg.183
10. Boston Globe, November 25, 2003.
11. William Eskridge, The Case for Same-Sex Marriage, pg.155-156
12. Loving v. Virginia. 388 U.S.1, 387 S.Ct 1817, 1819.
13. Baehr v. Lewin, as found in Eskridge, William, and Hunter, Nan, Sexuality, Gender, and the Law, pg.811
14. The New York Times. Black Legislators Stall Marriage Amendment in Georgia, by Andrew Jacobs, March 3, 2004.
15. As published in the Washington Post, Letters to the Editor: Expanding the Definition of Marriage. Feb.26, 2004.
16. Gilmore, Al-Tony, pg. 108. Bad Nigger! The National Impact of Jack Johnson. Port Washington, N.Y. Kennikat Press, 1975, as found in R. Reese, Cal Poly Pomona, Journal of African American Men (volume 4, number 3, Spring, 1999).
 

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