Julian Bond Supports Question 6 in Maryland as Marriage Equality Campaigners Report $3.2M Haul: VIDEO


NAACP Chair Emeritus Julian Bond is out with a brand new ad for Question 6, the ballot measure that would put Maryland's legislatively-passed marriage equality law into effect.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP....

Some fundraising news for Marylanders for Marriage Equality dropped late on Friday, via the Washington Blade:

The group defending Maryland’s same-sex marriage law will report later on Friday that it has raised $3.2 million.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality’s campaign finance report that it will file with state officials will also note total expenditures of slightly more than $2 million, with roughly $1.2 million cash on-hand. It will indicate just short of $400,000 of in-kind donations from the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations.

The report will also include more than 950 pages of donors and contributions.

Added Josh Levin, campaign manager:“We’ve always said this is a $5 million- plus campaign and hope to meet that goal as we enter the final stretch."

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Sally Field And NAACP's Ben Jealous Honored At HRC Gala: VIDEOS


Towleroad intern Sam Greisman mentioned last Friday that he was headed to DC to present his mother Sally Field with HRC's Ally for Equality Award. So he did, and he was marvelous, setting the stage with stories of gratitude and humor before the lovely actress took the mic to deliver a touching and eloquent speech of her own.

Field's remarks, delivered after she removed her heels to meet the mic halfway, emphasized the biological innateness of being gay. "Sam is what nature intended him to be," she told the audience. She knew well before her son that he was gay, of course, and had wanted to explain it all to him, but thanks to her other sons' insistence, she let Sam find his own way. And she couldn't be more proud.

Parents who kick out their children or turn their backs, she said, need to realize "these children have something important to teach their parents:" Love and acceptance. Some children are gay, she explains, "So the f*ck what?"

In addition to the always lively Field, last night's festivities also included speeches from Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Newark's hero mayor, Cory Booker, as well as the presentation of the National Equality Award to the NAACP and its president, Ben Jealous.

Introduced by HRC president Chad Griffin and a video highlighting his organization's commitment to equality, Jealous told the audience that we owe it to our children to turn our pledge of allegiance — "liberty and justice for all," in case you've forgotten — into a reality.

"As an American people, we celebrate the many times that our nation has led this world away from hate and ever toward hope," he said. "In this precipitous moment, when we as a movement are on the brink of massive change and tremendous progress...let us stand up for marriage equality from coast-to-coast and border-to-border!"

Watch videos of all the speeches, including Sam's introduction of Ms. Field (!), AFTER THE JUMP.

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Coalition of NOM Pastors Accuses NAACP of Pandering to the President with Same-Sex Marriage Support: VIDEO


The National Organization for Marriage has released a new video featuring the Coalition of African-American Pastors, accusing the NAACP of pandering to Obama on same-sex marriage.

As Jeremy Hooper reminds us, it's just part of NOM's longtime wedge strategy.


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Log Cabin Republicans React To Romney's NAACP Speech

RomneytThe Log Cabin Republicans today praised much Mitt Romney's ill-received speech at the NAACP's national conference, but criticized the GOP presidential hopeful for his "gratuitous attack" on marriage equality.

Executive director R. Clarke Cooper's comments, from their press release:

With his opening remarks to the NAACP today, Governor Romney sent a message that he recognizes the importance of an inclusive Republican vision for victory in November. He deserves credit for taking the step to include sexual orientation by name.

That said, it is unfortunate that he countered his outreach to gay and lesbian Americans with a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry. If Governor Romney truly desires to represent all Americans, Log Cabin Republicans encourages him to avoid divisive social issues and focus on jobs and the economy.

Some are suggesting Romney intentionally threw in a "traditional marriage" remark to gin up controversy that will endear him to conservative voters.

Mitt Romney's Gay Politics Booed During NAACP Speech: VIDEO

MittRomneyNAACPMitt Romney popped into the NAACP's national conference today to woo African-American voters. Telling the audience that he has the "best interest" of the entire nation in mind, Romney reportedly told the crowd he will stand for people of "every race, creed and sexual orientation."

Later in the speech, though, Romney contradicted himself, saying, "As president, I will promote strong families and defend traditional marriage." According to the Washington Blade's Michael K. Lavers, Romney's remark was "soundly booed."

Romney was again jeered when he claimed his administration would be better for African-Americans than President Obama, and then yet again when he vowed to repeal "non-essential" services like "Obamacare." You can watch footage of those last two incidents AFTER THE JUMP.

Romney's speech was an attempt to present his campaign as sympathetic to woes facing many black Americans. "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it's worse for African Americans in almost every way," he said.

"Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover — and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer."

He also declared, "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept."

Watch video of Romney being booed AFTER THE JUMP.

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NAACP Leader Leaves Over Gay Marriage Support

KRatliffRev. Keith Ratliff, the President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP, last month said he was considering leaving the organization over the group's support of marriage equality. Now it's official: he's out.

Ratliff, a pastor at the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, officially cut ties with the NAACP this week.

Here's some more background on Ratliff:

During a March 2011 Iowa Statehouse rally by supporters of a state constitutional amendment to ban same-gender marriage, Ratliff complained that gay rights activists had “hijacked” the civil rights debate.

"There is no parallel” between gay rights activism and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, said Ratliff, whose church has a predominately black membership. “That is an insult to the civil rights movement.”

He added, “Deviant behavior is not the same thing as being denied your right to vote.”

It's unclear who will take over for Ratliff, but surely it will be somebody who supports the NAACP's inclusive politics.


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