Are Gay Rights The Same As Civil Rights? Majority of Black People Say No

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Black Entertainment Television recently commissioned a Zogby poll which showed that 55% of the poll respondents said that they disagree with Lesbian Gay Bis*xual and Transgender (LGBT) claims that gay rights and civil rights for blacks are the same.

When asked the question: “Do you believe ministers who oppose homosexuality, including the rights of gays and lesbians to marry are right, wrong, or no opinion?” 35% of poll respondents had no opinion but 34% said that ministers had the right to go against gay marriage and homos*xuality. Only 31% disagreed and said ministers were wrong to oppose gay marriage.

Robert Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television said, “There weren’t any real surprises. On the issue of gay rights, African-Americans are far more conservative on that issue than I think the general population, so that wasn’t a surprise.”

When asked by the pollsters “Do you believe marriage should be restricted to between a man and a woman or do you believe that persons of the same sex should be allowed to marry and receive similar benefits as heterosexual couples?” the respondents were split.

42% of them said that the marriage vows ought to be only between a man and a woman and 40% said that gay marriages should be allowed and that benefits should follow along with that.

Johnson also added that another question had been asked but that almost contradicted what was found in the other results. The question was “Did African-Americans believe that gay rights are the same as equal rights for African-Americans, and surprisingly they shared the view that gays can make the argument that their rights are tantamount to African-Americans, equal with civil rights,” 28% of them said that they agreed with this said Johnson.

The poll was conducted through online survey of 1,002 African-American adults, and calls were made between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, 2013. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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