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taboo. The same can be said about same sex marriage.

"To say that gays have endured the same oppression that blacks have, I would never say that, Fulkerson said. Munford is absolutely right on that. You can not equate that. It is insulting, actually, and historically inaccurate."

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With Munford's help, it passed out of the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee 7 3. Munford gave an interview afterward. There was, however, something stirring that he wasn't talking about.

for such a short time?"

THURSDAY'S VOTE is a right step for proponents of marriage equality. But there's still a long walk ahead. If it passes the Assembly floor vote, the resolution must then again pass the Legislature in 2015. Then it goes on the 2016 general election ballot for final approval.

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Munford is also a black pioneer, really the first and only black athlete at the time at Montana State University Billings.

"It is wrong to equate the struggle for gay and lesbian rights to the struggle for black civil rights," Fulkerson said. "But there are some similarities.

"It sort of disturbs me that they always attach it (gay marriage) to our struggle," Munford said.

Fulkerson mentioned an issue where, perhaps, the two struggles for equality have common grounds.

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´╗┐Struggle for gay rights is no match to the struggle of blacks in America

In every respect, Munford broke a color barrier like that of Jackie Robinson in Major League Baseball. Munford has a news clipping of Robinson on his office wall.

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"We were unsure about him," Fulkerson said.

"They relate this entire issue to the struggle of the blacks," Munford said. "There is no equal to the struggle of the blacks. There is no way there can be any comparison to the oppression and to the humiliation and degradation that we received for 300 years. Now they are going to act like (that), with something that has been a national issue Reebok Kendrick Lamar Classic Leather Perfect Split

And Munford will remind you that he had it easy, compared to the black generations that went before him.

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He mentioned mixed marriages. Black white marriages were once Reebok Ventilator Gore Tex

"This has been a long term struggle for blacks to take their rightful place in society because we were considered subhuman for many years," Munford said.

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PROPONETS OF THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY RESOLUTION were somewhat surprised that Munford voted for the resolution, said Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

But Fulkerson, a gay man, said he totally understands Munford's point about the black struggle.

ASSEMBLY MINORITY LEADER Pat Hickey, R Reno, was one of three lawmakers who voted against the resolution in committee on Thursday.

Fulkerson said he would never make the mistake of equating the struggle of gay men and women to that of blacks in America.

"Gays were never put in chains and enslaved in this country," Fulkerson said. "So the original sin of slavery makes the struggle for black civil rights a completely different struggle."

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marriage to remain of that between a man and a woman, the traditional view," Hickey said. "And I feel I need to represent them in this body in a reasonable way."

Assemblyman Harvey Munford, D North Las Vegas, voted for the Marriage Equality Resolution Thursday at the Nevada Legislature.

Munford is a child of the 1960s, when the cops used the fire hose to break up peaceful, black gatherings in urban areas.

Munford's stage, of course, was smaller. Billings is not Brooklyn. But Munford, like Robinson, lived with the pain.

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"Government and those in power have wrongly tried to keep people who love each other from getting married," Fulkerson said. "It was wrong then and it is wrong with gay and lesbian couples today."

"I wonder what Martin Luther King would say today?" Munford asked.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Catholic who feels that marriage is between a man and a woman, does not have veto power here. When you go the route of a resolution, ultimately, it's the people who have the veto power.

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