In the political cartoon above you are give juxtaposition between Jim Crow inter-racial marriage laws designed specifically to keep African Americans in an inferior role and the established mores of marriage today which recognize this institution to be between one man and one woman. Clearly the cartoonist is attempting to connect those who oppose gay marriage due to their support of conventional marriage today with those who supported the segregation of the races in the 1960's and before. I disagree with the fundamentals of this comparison on the basis of why these two laws were created. The former was based on oppression and the latter is based on culture.
"Culture" is a society's process by which it adapts. It encompasses shared history, values, beliefs, and norms. What the cartoonist is attempting to do, and what the Gay/Lesbian community is trying to do, is shame people into agreement by superimposing their struggles with the struggles of African Americans. I have no problem at all with gays attempting to advance their agenda. What I find troubling is when any group attempts to use OUR history as a tool to achieve their personal objectives. The history of African Americans is “copyright protected” and not for public use, thank you very much! There is no question that gays have suffered injustices but to attempt to compare the life of a gay person today to the life my ancestors faced in the 1960's is just wrong. So much has been stolen from my people, now even our history. In short, I wish you the best in your effort but get your own cross to bear.