Cross-posted at The Huffington Post.
Last month Jet — a magazine marketed to African-American population — featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around. While the group has typically endorsed gay marriage at lower rates than White Americans, the gap between Blacks and Whites has been narrowing.
The Pew Research Center reports that the percent of Whites opposed to gay marriage dropped from 51% in 2008 to 41% in 2012. Among Blacks, the percent in opposition dropped from 63% to 49%. African-Americans and Whites are now separated by eight percentage points instead of twelve.
The data above was collected in April of 2012. In May, Obama announced that he supported gay marriage. It remains to be seen whether Obama’s modeling of a pro-gay stance will influence the opinions of the African-American community further.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.