Reports & Research

African-American leaders support marriage equality

Report Type: 
Report
Date: 
May 17, 2004

Five black leaders discuss why they support same-sex marriage.

  • “I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation.” — Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
  • “Gay and lesbian couples in long-term committed relationships deserve to be able to visit each other in the hospital, share health insurance coverage and get equal pensions and other survivor benefits if one spouse dies.” — Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-IL)

This report also includes a list of key black leaders in politics, religion and Hollywood.