Racial & Economic Justice Racial & Economic JusticeFor two decades, the religious right has sought to pit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people against people of color and to portray the two communities as mutually exclusive. Concerned Women for America, for example, issued a report titled Homosexuals Hijack Civil Rights Bus. The Rev. Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, meanwhile, wrote in a fundraising letter that legislating sexual orientation nondiscrimination laws would “grant homosexuals more rights than other citizens, thus causing us to lose some of our rights.” Anti-gay activists portray sexual orientation nondiscrimination laws as “special rights” that threaten the civil rights of “legitimate minorities.” More recently, Republican leaders have pitched their opposition to same-sex marriage to black religious conservatives as a key reason to vote Republican.
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