African-American Church Leaders Condemn Obama For Gay Marriage Support

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  1. Stephanie

    Stephanie Diamond Member

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    BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Just days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, pastors and priests around Maryland took to their own pulpits with their reaction– and in some cases– condemnation of the president.

    Derek Valcourt explains the president’s comments have folks on both sides of the issue fired up.

    Both sides hope the president’s position helps sway votes in their favor when the issue hits Maryland’s ballot this November.

    “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said.

    When Obama announced that his position on same-sex marriage had evolved, it outraged some African-American pastors like Pastor and Del. Emmett Burns.

    “He has said to his base, African-Americans, ‘I am going against your beliefs and your thoughts,’” Burns said.

    He’s so opposed to same-sex marriage, he told church members he will no longer support the president and now predicts Obama will lose the election because of it.

    He and many other leaders are pouring their energies into gathering the signatures needed to put Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on the November ballot.

    “I think it might be a call to action for people to really express what they believe,” Father Erik Arnold of Our Lady of Perpetual Help said.

    In Maryland, some of the strongest opposition to the law has come from the black community– about 30 percent of the population. Some African-American religious leaders are preaching about it

    “God said in every home, there needs to be a representation of his glory through manhood and femininity,” Pastor Harry Jackson, Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, said.

    “To me, this is an issue of the separation of church and state,” Pastor Delman Coates, Enon Baptist Church in Clinton, said.

    Coates is one of the few black pastors who supports the current law.

    “We should not allow our subjective theological understandings prevent other citizens of this country from having equal rights,” he said.

    So far, voters in 30 states have rejected same-sex marriage

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  2. editec

    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    Taking that stance was a bold move and very possibly a bad political decision, too.

    Did Obama's decision to support same sex-marriage lose more votes than it gained?

    I really do not know.

    But what I do know is that by finally getting off that fence he starting looking more like a DEMOCRAT to a lot of democrats.

    EVen DEMS who don't really support (or more like care about) same-sex marriage will probably appreciate the fact that he stopped equivicating.
  3. Mac1958

    Mac1958 Diamond Member

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    Hmm, I have a very difficult time believing that Obama is going to lose any black vote over this.

    I'm sure that was his calculation too - this is just not a high priority for what the identity politics crowd refers to as "the black community". I also notice that he doubled down on his comments at last night's fundraiser (headlined by Ricky Martin, what a big shock), as if he's been an avid supporter since Day One. The Left is just tickled pink (yeah, I know) over this, evidently they don't see even the slightest hint of political opportunism. Oy.

    Obama badly needed to fire up his base, no matter what the outside consequences. It appears he has succeeded in doing exactly that.

    I agree with him on this issue; I'm just not convinced that HE does.


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