African-American Marine Veteran Launches Marriage Equality PAC In Illinois
Smith had spent some time in Springfield talking to lawmakers about the issue. When he did, he noticed something about others who were doing the same.
“There were very few minorities,” Smith said. “I was getting a feeling that there weren’t a lot of people standing up who looked like me. The whole idea behind this is to get citizens to really stand up and get people of color to get behind [same-sex] marriage" [...]
On Thursday night, he launched the Inclusive Community Project Political Action Committee, holding the first fund-raiser to help lobby representatives through trips to Springfield, phone banks, “and peaceful, orderly protests at district offices."Smith is working to engage a community he believes has been wrongly labeled as being anti-gay marriage. He points to a poll that shows 60% support for gay marriage among African Americans:
“My goal is to go out and find those 60 percent of African Americans [and urge them] to go to their lawmakers,” Smith said. “I believe that when you harness the power of the people, you can accomplish so much.”
Earlier this year a much anticipated marriage equality bill fizzled and left uncertain the path forward for marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln. Hopefully, Smith's efforts will help reignite Illinois's campaign for equality.
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