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Gay Rights Movements and the Misappropriation of Black Civil Rights Movements

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In 1967, the Loving v. Virginia case marked the landmark decision that would reshape the United States’ definition of what legally constitutes a marriage and a family. Unknowingly, the use of the Equal Protection Clause in this trial set a precedent for the use of both, this case, and the clause in the marriage equality movement on behalf of same-sex partnerships. The utilization of this legislation consciously compares the struggles of gay rights to that of civil rights endured by African Americans. As a result, this paper seeks to examine the ways the gay rights movement has capitalized on the civil rights movements of the 20th century. I will do this by investigating court cases and additional state legislation in which same-sex plaintiffs used the verdict set in the Loving v. Virginia case as evidence. Given this background, many present-day activists of white gay communities believe that their “shared minority” status can and should create understanding between themselves, contemporary Black civil rights activists, and African American communities; however, given the passage of California’s recent proposition, this idealism is not always the case. If white gay activists continue to use the civil rights struggles of Blacks as a way to forward the attempts of the gay rights movement, what future impacts does this have for alliances between gay and heterosexual African Americans? Additionally, I will consider what implications this creates for African American gay rights movements?
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Name: 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Robison, Tracy. "Gay Rights Movements and the Misappropriation of Black Civil Rights Movements" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p364842_index.html>

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Robison, T. "Gay Rights Movements and the Misappropriation of Black Civil Rights Movements" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p364842_index.html

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Abstract: In 1967, the Loving v. Virginia case marked the landmark decision that would reshape the United States’ definition of what legally constitutes a marriage and a family. Unknowingly, the use of the Equal Protection Clause in this trial set a precedent for the use of both, this case, and the clause in the marriage equality movement on behalf of same-sex partnerships. The utilization of this legislation consciously compares the struggles of gay rights to that of civil rights endured by African Americans. As a result, this paper seeks to examine the ways the gay rights movement has capitalized on the civil rights movements of the 20th century. I will do this by investigating court cases and additional state legislation in which same-sex plaintiffs used the verdict set in the Loving v. Virginia case as evidence. Given this background, many present-day activists of white gay communities believe that their “shared minority” status can and should create understanding between themselves, contemporary Black civil rights activists, and African American communities; however, given the passage of California’s recent proposition, this idealism is not always the case. If white gay activists continue to use the civil rights struggles of Blacks as a way to forward the attempts of the gay rights movement, what future impacts does this have for alliances between gay and heterosexual African Americans? Additionally, I will consider what implications this creates for African American gay rights movements?


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