We all recall how in the wake of Prop 8’s passage last fall, angry gay activists, upset at the election returns, attacked Mormons for their support of the successful ballot proposition.
With the New York Times reporting today that the board of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is resisting efforts of its national organization “to remove the president of its Los Angeles chapter in response to his support of same-sex marriage in California,” I wonder if those activists will treat the Los Angeles SCLC this summer they way they treated Mormons last fall:
During the battle last fall over Proposition 8, an amendment to the State Constitution that banned same-sex marriage, the chapter’s president, the Rev. Eric P. Lee, was more than a tangential figure for the opposition. He was front and center at an opposition group’s large rally at City Hall and marched in the blazing sun for 15 miles in Fresno. Many other local African-American pastors prepared mailings featuring church leaders in support of the proposition and linking their views to Barack Obama, then the Democratic nominee for president.
Mr. Lee “was very helpful to us,” said Rick Jacobs, head of the Courage Campaign, a left-leaning political action group in Los Angeles that fought the initiative . . . .
“The black church played a significant role in Proposition 8 passing,” Mr. Lee said. “The failure of the campaign was to presume that African-Americans would see this as a civil rights issue.”
*Title changed to reflect an error in this post when first drafted. Thanks to reader Deuce Gregory for catching it.