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Civil Rights Leader Wade Henderson Speaks Out for Marriage Equality in Maryland

Wade Henderson​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Today our friend Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun urging African-Americans to stand behind the fight for marriage equality in Maryland. 

In the piece, titled “Blacks should stand with gays on marriage equality,” Mr. Henderson mentions the injustice of denying gay and lesbian families the security that comes with marriage, saying “Marriage equality is not only a matter of civil rights; it's one of human rights and basic dignity. To deny familial and spousal benefits to millions of gay and lesbian Americans — benefits that are taken as a given for straight Americans — is to undermine the basic family unit that we in the black community have worked so hard to preserve and advance.”

We are so grateful to Wade Henderson for speaking up in this fundamental fight for fairness.  As you may know, HRC has teamed up with a number of organizations to form Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a strong coalition working for marriage for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples.  For more information on the campaign, visit  

Click here to read the op-ed on the Baltimore Sun website. 

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