After Prop 8, there was a lot of crossfire between gays and blacks. Many in the LGBT movement were angry that black voters had largely chosen to vote for a gay marriage ban, citing the hypocrisy in demanding civil liberty for some but not all American minorities. Many black voters, on the other hand, claimed that the struggles of the gay rights and black rights movements were distinct, and supporting one should not necessarily entail supporting the other.
Ms. Ruby-Sachs is right. In fact, I'm going to use a block quote! That's how right she is.
For those members of the LGBT community who think the Black civil rights movement is over, it is your obligation to work harder to resolve the deep racial inequality in this country. For those members of the Black community who are not assisting with the fight for equal rights for same-sex couples, you are not betraying your race, you are betraying your commitment to equality -- the same kind of commitment you ask for in others -- that requires legal parity for all Americans.
I'm not saying that every white married man in this country is a horrible person who needs to be forced into accepting others. What I am saying is that the battle for civil rights--and belive me, it is and will continue to be a battle--is everyone's. While we may be arguing for different specificities--for example, gay people still have yet to attain marriage or adoption rights, whereas blacks and women have these things, while the latter two groups have their own struggles to overcome--we are arguing against the same psychological obstacles to full national equality. It is domestic xenophobia, the Others at home, and until that notion of the barbaric Other--that the Other is somehow worse than the person who identified the Other as such--is destroyed, American minorities* will never achieve full equality. I will be able to get married but still get jeered on the street; Jessica will receive a salary equal to her male coworkers, but have to face their lecherous harrassment every day; blacks will still be beaten by white supremacists, and the national consciousness will ignore the act. And one in three confused, effeminate little boys in junior high will try to kill themselves because their classmates are ignorant and scared of the little Others roaming their hallways.