Friday, October 06, 2006

African-American Leaders Oppose Ban of Civil Unions and Marriage

Fair Wisconsin announced that a number of Milwaukee area African-American leaders, including elected officials and clergy, oppose the civil unions and marriage ban.

The leaders below signed the following statement:

"We the undersigned are opposed to the constitutional amendment that would write discrimination into the constitution by making domestic partnerships and civil unions permanently illegal in our state. If enacted this would be the first time that the Wisconsin Constitution has been used to limit people's freedoms. It would establish a very dangerous precedent. As African American leaders who have participated in and benefited from the historic struggle for civil rights we are opposed to discrimination in any and all forms."

Elected Officials
Former Secretary of State Vel Phillips
Congresswoman Gwen Moore
State Senator Lena Taylor
State Senator Spencer Coggs
Assembly Rep. Jason Fields
Assembly Rep. Leon Young
Assembly Rep. Tamara Grigsby
Assembly Rep. Robert Turner
Assembly Rep. Barbara Toles
Milwaukee County Supervisor James G. White
Milwaukee County Supervisor Elizabeth Coggs-Jones
Milwaukee City Alderman Michael McGee, Jr.
Milwaukee City Alderman Willie C. Wade
Supervisor Willie Johnson Jr.

Pastor Olin Arrington
Pastor Robert Redd
Reverend Joseph Jackson
Reverend William E. Robbins
Pastor Charles Thornhill
Pastor Robert Wilson
Pastor Oscar Elim
Pastor Charles Green
Reverend Lloyd Wright
Reverend J.R. Walton
Reverend Martin Childs
Reverend Charles Watkins

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