Reports & Research

False promises: How the right deploys homophobia to win support from African-Americans

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April 02, 2006

The Republican Party has attempted to appeal to black voters, yet:

  • Most African-Americans prioritize the economy, health care and education, and Republicans frequently vote against addressing these concerns.
  • Key African-American political and religious leaders, including Coretta Scott King, Rep. John Lewis, and Rev. Joseph Lowery, have called for African-Americans to support full legal and social equality for lesbian and gay Americans and to oppose the federal marriage amendment.

It is immoral to use uncertainty or fear about the notion of equality for LGBT Americans as a recruiting tool to support a policy agenda that is harmful to African-Americans.