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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Will Pres. Obama’s Support Of Gay Marriage Hurt Him With Black Voters?

President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to announce his support for gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America. (AP)

President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to announce his support for gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America. (AP)

President Obama’s newly-announced support for gay marriage is politically risky, especially among the African American community where polls show a majority of voters oppose gay marriage.

North Carolina voters this week approved a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In the referendum, African Americans voted  2-to-1 against gay marriage.

Toure, the African American author and cultural commentator, argues that the President’s support of gay marriage could hurt him at the polls.

He wrote on Time magazine’s website:

This step could endanger him in the South and in heavily religious states and with black Americans. Supporting marriage equality could damage his chance for re-election as much as any other issue. It’s one that strikes deep into how people feel about the core values of their nation and their Bible.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder of Your Black World Coalition, has a different take on the issue. He says he doesn’t personally oppose same-sex marriage, but he thinks the way it played out is a good lesson for the Black community.

Watkins writes:

It shows us that only squeaky wheels get oiled, and that support for any politician must be conditional on the politician responding to the needs of that particular constituency.  By being as quiet as church mice, Black America will always end up at the back of the bus, even when our president looks just like us.

Guest:

  • Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University professor founder of the Your Black World Coalition

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  • Ted

    Time for Obummer and Biden to tie the knot.

  • Lavada

    A desparate man looking for votes. Another non-issue to distract the public.
    Basically more B.S. from our great leaders.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CUXTMNUJNCMXBIHKYX2OIFOKUQ MargoKimberly

    The overwhelming majority of Blacks will continue to support Obama all the way to the polls, whether they agree with him or not. Why will they continue to  support Obama? Because they have to save face. They just had to have a Black president and they got what they wanted. Their pride won’t allow them to admit that they put the wrong Black man in office. Black Americans, for the most part, are the kings and queens of denial.

    • TowaOPowa9

      You stake your remark with great certainty…are YOU African American?  I am.  And I can only speak for myself and those in my circle of friends and family…..we are very disturbed by Obama’s support on gay marriage.  However proud we are of him as the first black president and his record so far…but THIS puts us at odds with him   God is the head of all our decisions and what God has declared as wrong…will ALWAYS be wrong.  We cannot embrace leadership that defies God’s precepts.  We’re between a rock and a hard place.  Romney & the GOP have proven they care nothing about the poor, the elderly, the blue-collor working class.  Romney follows a doctrine that is racist and labels African Americans as inferior.   We’re certainly NOT going to vote GOP!!!  And to choose between God and Obama…..God wins.   We will pray…without ceasing…that God’s will be done.   Seriously thinking about not voting at all.  Refusing to compromise. 

  • TowaOPowa9

    It’s not about a civil right…it’s about the moral terpitude…the moral standard of our nation.  We cannot  control what anyone does behind closed doors…but we do have the right as a nation to uphold the moral standards that shape the building blocks of this nation.  To not give “thumbs up” to gay marriage…but to say , you’re doing your thing….that’s going to be between you and God…but in the meantime…the moral climate should remain just as God declared.  Each individual will be judged by God….as a nation, we will be judged.  Our nation is already in trouble…everything that should not be allowed, is Allowed………..and everythat that should be allowed, is Not Allowed.   But when we start shaping the laws of the land to accommodate immorality….we are toast.     

  • http://twitter.com/singtillyouscre sandy wilson

    Well if blacks vote for obama they have not done their homework. They think he is a normal american black man but this president does not have the same values as we americans know from our constitution. Blacks are not stupid but they refuse to research this presidents background. His own mother was against the constitution of america and he surrounded himself with communist and socialist people. Is that the president you want? really? Our greatest fear from freedom is communism. Is that what you want? It’s not a matter of what color he is because Obama would never have landed as president if most whites didnt’ like him. This myth that whites hate blacks is generally perpetuated in black churches and organization but if that was really true how did obama make it to presidency? If you really want to know about Obama’s values you must see the facts. Look at his history. This is not a normal democrat. at least see 2016 movie or look at this: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/206056.php
    This whole democratic party is not the same democratic party of yesterday.

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