""The experience of discrimination among non-white Americans really does kick in," he said."
His research group's poll of 42,000 Americans last year showed that about half of blacks nationally oppose same-sex marriage, more than any other racial and ethnic group. In Mississippi, where Williams Barnes chairs the legislative black caucus, nearly seven in 10 blacks disapprove, the survey found.
But it also found that two-thirds of blacks polled nationally objected to allowing small business owners to refuse services to LGBT people on religious grounds...
"We know what it's like once you allow racism and hatred to be codified and to be written into the law," said Reverend William Barber II, president of the NAACP in North Carolina.
"They see it not just as a LGBT issue but as a Pandora's box being opened back up to allow discrimination," said Erik Fleming, a former black state legislator who is now director of advocacy and policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, where a judge has rejected its challenge to the state's law.
"There's an old saying: 'We’ve seen this movie before.'"
World | Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:07am EDT
Black leaders emerge as powerful allies in LGBT fight in South
BY LETITIA STEIN
The narrowest victory went to state Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-26th, who beat Democrat Fern Kaufman by 1,303 votes, or 4 percent.