California Gay Marriage Sensibility Watch: Ward Connerly Likens Gay Marriage Bans to Antimiscegenation Laws

Two days ago, in the online gay magazine, The Advocate, Ward Connerly, an influencial African American Republican in California, and a man generally beloved by conservatives, was quoted as supporting same-sex marriage. The quote occurs within a discussion of “conservative icons” who support same-sex marriage equality:

Ward Connerly, a former member of the University of California board of regents and one of the country’s foremost opponents of affirmative action, is one such conservative icon. Connerly, who is black and grew up in the Deep South, told me that efforts to amend his state’s constitution to ban gay marriage remind him of antimiscegenation laws. “For anyone to say that this is an issue for people who are gay and that this isn’t about civil rights is sadly mistaken,” he says. “If you really believe in freedom and limited government, to be intellectually consistent and honest you have to oppose efforts of the majority to impose their will on people.”

The full article can be read here:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to California Gay Marriage Sensibility Watch: Ward Connerly Likens Gay Marriage Bans to Antimiscegenation Laws

  1. will86aber says:

    I completely agree with him. The Republican party is a party of conservatives; limited government, free market, conservative lifestyle. A conservative lifestyle is not compromised by not interfering in the rights of others to live their lives. God didn’t give man free will with the power to choose between him and darkness, for godly men to bind secularists to faux Christian lifestyles.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Articulately put. I agree with you.

  3. Mike says:

    Wow… At last, a consistent Republican.

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