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In L.A., Obama’s ‘Brave’ Decision Earns Praises, Rebukes

President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, which he revealed one week ago in an interview ABC host Robin Roberts, remains a hot-button topic in Black communities in Los Angeles and all across Southern California.

Obama made his historic announcement last Wednesday, saying, “at a certain point I’ve just concluded that … for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

Leona Strong and her wife, Grace S. Harper, who live in Chino Hills and have been married for four years, applauded the president’s conversion….

Nevertheless, The National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, issued a statement applauding the president’s endorsement of marriage equality.

“It is an honor to witness our president take such a strong stand in support of gay and lesbian couples across the country,” said the coalition’s executive director and CEO, Sharon Lettman-Hicks. “This affirmation reinforces the Administration’s ongoing commitment to LGBT Americans and our families.”

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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.