Wanda Sykes talks same-sex marriage at NAACP convention

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“I didn’t have to ‘come out’ black,” offered comic Wanda Sykes Monday during a speech at the NAACP annual convention.

It’s a remark that has probably brought chuckles from many audiences. But this is a convention at which many people have ties to African-American churches that don’t recognize same-sex marriage.

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Sykes is a hero to gays and lesbians, and her audiences are usually friendly. But here at the NAACP convention, there were no guarantees. Just down the hall was a lunch for religious leaders whose churches largely oppose same-sex marriage. Sykes legally married her partner before Californians passed Proposition 8.

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