Poll: Blacks evenly split on same-sex marriage

Poll: Blacks evenly split on same-sex marriage

A new poll commissioned by Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson and conducted by Zogby showed that a majority of African-American adults do not agree with the LGBT community’s claim that gay rights are the same as civil rights for blacks.

“There weren’t any real surprises. On the issue of gay rights, African-Americans are far more conservative on that issue than I think the general population, so that wasn’t a surprise,” Johnson, who is also founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, said Tuesday at the National Press Club when asked what findings surprised him most.

“We had another question that we … didn’t put in the speech: Did African-Americans believe that gay rights are the same as equal rights for African-Americans, and surprisingly they shared the view that gays can make the argument that their rights are tantamount to African-Americans, equal with civil rights,” Johnson, who is also founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, said Tuesday at the National Press Club when asked what findings surprised him most.

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