By Devin Barrington-Ward
As a black gay man I find myself in a constant struggle as it concerns my loyalty to the mainstream LGBT agenda, specifically on the subject of gay marriage.
On one hand, I see the benefits of fighting relentlessly for the fundamental right to marry whomever your heart so desires. Those benefits are displayed in sweeping marriage equality victories in Maine, Maryland and Washington last November giving millions of LGBT people their right to marry. Those benefits are further displayed in the unions of beautiful couples like Ravi Perry and Paris Prince, the first black gay couple to be featured in Jet Magazine. There is a certain level of pride knowing that their union and the unions of so many other loving LGBT couples are honored by the nine states along with the District of Columbia that recognize gay marriage. And with President Obama and even some prominent republicans like John Huntsman urging the Supreme Court to rule on the side of marriage equality, all this progression does bring about certain sense of excitement. These advancements are largely attributed to the hard work and dedication of national LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and countless others.