Video: Preachers in Baltimore blast Obama for same-sex marriage stance

posted at 12:41 pm on May 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

And so it begins.  Yesterday, my friend Deacon Greg Kendra asked his readers whether they had heard anything in their Catholic parishes about Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage; I didn’t in mine, but it was Mother’s Day, on which our pastor focused.  In Baltimore, at least, it was a little different — and much angrier:

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. …

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.

This will be a disaster in places like Maryland. No one expects the congregants of Pastor Burns’ church to run out and vote for Romney, but they’re going to be a lot less enthused about Obama — and a lack of enthusiasm in his base will put an end to hopes of a second term. Maryland is a safe state for Democrats under normal conditions; it last went Republican in 1988, and Obama won it by 25 points in 2008.  However, the same reason for that large margin of victory shows the risk for Obama, which is that 30% of the vote in the state comes from the African-American community that Pastor Burns and others serve.

The White House stirred up a hornet’s nest, and the damage to their standing among people of faith will be difficult to overestimate.  With evangelicals suddenly motivated to support Mitt Romney, these pulpit blasts aimed at Obama’s base come at the worst possible time.


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This election is going to be crazy!

blatantblue on May 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Sure, but does anyone seriously believe they’ll vote for Romney? In the words of a presidential candidate from a few years ago, it’s “just words.”

Mohonri on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

This will be a disaster in places like Maryland.

So Obama will carry MD by how many points?

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mankai on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Why on earth is this a story? Seriously? There’s absolutely no chance these preachers or their congregations are going to leave Obama. Short of supporting candidates who are Klansmen nothing Obama does will affect the African American community enough to cause them to drop their support of the President.

Defector01 on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Scary looking Dude. You better not cross that guy, President Obama!

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Content of character?

Expiration date around November.

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

but but Van said even if barry came out himself african-americans would still get behind him….

mittens on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Al Sharpton clarifies:

“Barack is half white, half black. Its the white half thats gay”

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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

Where have you been for the last four years Rev. Burns?

Dark Star on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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

In the words of John McClane, “Welcome to the party, pal!”

apostic on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Whatever.
You’ll all still vote for him bcs of the color of his skin.

Badger40 on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Liars! Republican tricks!
I’ve read or seen story after story after story already saying everything in the black church community with their gay prezzie is SUPER, THANKS FOR ASKING!

Marcus on May 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So, this time blacks won’t vote their race but will vote based on the issues?
(My apologies if that question caused such side-splitting, fall-over laughter in you that you hurt yourself.)

TeaPartyNation on May 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Prove it. Vote against him. I dare ya.

thebrokenrattle on May 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

With evangelicals suddenly motivated to support Mitt Romney, these pulpit blasts aimed at Obama’s base come at the worst possible time.

Worst? C’mon Ed.

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

This is all talk, unfortunately. However, *if* any of this is true, it will make big difference in Pennsylvania for sure and possibly New Jersey.

SouthernGent on May 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

You guys saying that voting block is a given? I dunno.

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.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

This will be a disaster in places like Maryland.

dis·as·ter/diˈzastər/ Noun:

A sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.

So who thinks Romney takes MD?

This reminds of the “devastating” Jeremiah Wright audio… which is still being referred to as “devastating.” President McCain agrees.

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mankai on May 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Late Term Abortionist Prez ….Good

Same Sex marriage Prez ….Bad

Ain’t buying the manufactured “outrage”

No Sale.

FlaMurph on May 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Oh, come on. This is like a married couple talking about the flaws in their partner. They love them BECAUSE of their flaws. I don’t think a single black person will change their vote because of this.

Paul-Cincy on May 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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

Oh, I see where the confusion is now.

See, this guy thought Obama identified as an African-American Christian, when in fact Obama identifies himself more as an International Man of Modern Marxism.

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Defector01 on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’m still waiting for the progressive elite types to repudiate these folks as bigots and rednecks.

forest on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Blacks have been voting against their best interests for years.

They’ll still vote for Obama.

portlandon on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Does anybody want to take a bet that black support for Obama in November falls below 90%?

Anybody? Bueller?

Bitter Clinger on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Maryland will have overturning the state legislature’s imposition of gay marriage on the ballot in November. A lot ofp eople who vote against gay marriage in Maryland are much more likely to vote against Obama at the same time.

Trafalgar on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

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

Unfortunately most dummies will stay on the modern day plantation, instead of ‘pitchforking’ their political exploiters for keeping them there.

Obama has done more against race-relations and to keep minorities, women and the poor down, than anyonce could have imagined. The effect of poverty, decline, in all regards, will be felt for generations, if it ever will recover.

He is pandering on social imaginary items but Nov. 6 will not be kind to him.

People don’t tell the pollsters the truth.

Expect him to lose over 30 states and don’t be surprised.

Unfortunately Mitt is not a strong candidate. He’d win over 40 states if he were.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

“He has said to his base, African-Americans, ‘I am going against your beliefs and your thoughts.’”
– WELCOME TO THE PARTY!

easyt65 on May 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Plenty of time for this to blow over.

cjw79 on May 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The White House stirred up a hornet’s nest, and the damage to their standing among people of faith will be difficult to overestimate. With evangelicals suddenly motivated to support Mitt Romney, these pulpit blasts aimed at Obama’s base come at the worst possible time.

Time to double down on forcing Catholics and Southern Baptists to provide free contraception and morning after pills.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

They will still vote for Obama. It is only May.

ORconservative on May 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Put some MEANING behind your so=-called anger, ‘preachers’, and vote against your sugar daddy. I double-dog dare you!

MelonCollie on May 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

The White House stirred up a hornet’s nest, and the damage to their standing among people of faith will be difficult to overestimate. With evangelicals suddenly motivated to support Mitt Romney

Pollyanna stuff. I don’t think evangelical support can be counted on that easily. For one thing, Romney has yet to weigh in on the issue. For another, his usual evasiveness and wishy-washiness may make the issue (like immigration) a net wash and non-factor anyway.

ddrintn on May 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Looks like the Harvard genius has done it again.

Let’s call this one ……… Blackfire.

fogw on May 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

..er..this shiny thing not turning out to be as shiny as The Pantload originally thought. (In other words, just like the WOD, WOW, and Wo..whatever-the-else-they-have-tried.)

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

And Obama’s final ‘evolution’ did no favors for Kaine here.

Bob in VA on May 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Scary looking Dude. You better not cross that guy, President Obama!

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

..scarier than Jeremiah Wright?

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Plenty of time for Barry this to blow Larry sinclair over.

cjw79 on May 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

GhoulAid on May 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama could be parading young Boys thru the WH with the
leader of NAMBLA, and these fools would still vote for him.

ToddPA on May 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

We must take the Newsweek cover as being literal. They give no indication that they jest: “The First Gay President.”

Again, taking the “1st gay” aspect literally… is consistent with what people have been saying since at least ’08, that he often walks with an effeminate gait, his dancing was odd and gaylike. And you see him in picture after picture getting virtually lip to lip too close with male politicians. Odd, and gay.

Yes, “not with there’s anything wrong with that,” except he’s gone too far, and as this story develops in the public’s eye, a lot of people are going to be freaked out by this. Opposition to O in many quarters is going to be intense. We need to stoke this.

And, it will undermine his whole campaign and persona if significant numbers of blacks do not support him. Or even if the enthusiasm is way down. So let’s see what we can do to foster this disunion.

anotherJoe on May 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Heh. Obama’s base isn’t African Americans. Far left progressives are his base. African Americans just keep voting for democrats in high numbers because most of them choose to live in ignorance.

And Van Jones was partially right. Obama could march in the SF gay pride parade in nothing but a banana hammock and the majority of blacks would still choose to vote for Obama over Romney because Romney is a white Republican.

MeatHeadinCA on May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Ths point isn’t that they’re going to vote for Romney or that Obama’s going to lose Maryland because of this. But if angry African-American voters simply don’t show up at the polls because of this, Obama could lose Virginia, Ohio, Florida and several other swing and even light Blue States due to depressed turnout.

jon1979 on May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

So, this time blacks won’t vote their race but will vote based on the issues?
(My apologies if that question caused such side-splitting, fall-over laughter in you that you hurt yourself.)

TeaPartyNation on May 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM

No person expects them to vote for Romney. If you do, you are in need of help, as you have lost touch with reality.

What may happen is that a significant number stay home on election day. In a way this would be more long term damaging to the D’s thanks to down ballot candidates and issues.

Nathan_OH on May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

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

 
Wait, so are they getting raped, watching the rape, or marrying the rapist?

rogerb on May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

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

AND Barry also knows that in the end, you’ll vote for him anyway. Despite ‘gay marriage’ and the high unemployment rate among Blacks.

‘He may be an ineffectual crook, but he’s OUR ineffectual crook’.

Worked for Adam Clayton Powell
Worked for Charlie Rangel
Worked for Marion Barry
Worked for Maxine Waters

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

A few may stay home, but I don’t expect a significant loss of support. The impact will be noticeable with other constituencies and in states not supporting gay marriage.

Philly on May 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

With evangelicals suddenly motivated to support Mitt Romney, these pulpit blasts aimed at Obama’s base come at the worst best possible time.

FIFY Ed.

8thAirForce on May 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Democrat leaders seem to be blind to their own constituency past the color of their skin. They seem to forget that black & Hispanic Americans, even the Democrats, are very socially conservative. The Hispanic community encompasses a huge number of Catholics and black Christians have a big (socially) conservative contingent.

taznar on May 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Are Democrats really going to attack African-Americans as bigots and homophobes this election in order to try and intimidate them into supporting Obama? I hope they try.

Blue Collar Todd on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If these “Black Churches” will donate as much (or more) to Obama’s reelection campaign as the Hollywood crowd does, then I’m sure Barack will see the error of his ways, and issue a public reversal.

Right?
.
BTW that video from WJZ 13 Baltimore, reminds me how much I miss Jerry Turner and Al Sanders.
I didn’t agree with them on everything political, but I miss them.

listens2glenn on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Their is a African American Pastor in Birmingham who is going to endorse Romney over this very same issue. Listen Democrats, you hear the singing, the fat lady is singing.

jjnco73 on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

So they make a grievous political miscalculation. . . but now can spin it. Look for Sheriff Joe to come out (no pun intended) this week and call it the most audacious public position in the last 501 years

P Opus on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

It might have an effect in the election of suppressing some of the African-American vote for Obama. This issue along with the higher unemployment in their community their enthusiasm is not nearly as high as it was four years ago. Just enough may stay home and not vote to make some some swing states go for Romney. We will have to wait until November to see what happens.

SC.Charlie on May 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

..scarier than Jeremiah Wright?

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Wright was normal looking. It was his rhetoric that was scary.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Al Sharpton clarifies:

“Barack is half white, half black. Its the white half thats gay”

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

ROFLMAO

Bruno Strozek on May 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

So instead of 97% of blacks voting for Obama they get 96.7% in 2012?

Conservative4Ever on May 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Obama and Axelrod underestimated the windage on this shot, and they are beginning to look like the gang who couldn’t shoot straight.

How many times can they take aim on a target and wind up shooting themselves in the foot?

novaculus on May 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

That reminds me, how’s the economy doing?

fogw on May 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Put me in the no impact camp, other than maybe having to shell out a little more in street money this year. Big deal. Romney doesn’t get the votes, and if the base case for Rs is that gay marriage 6 months out is the game-changer, we are truly hosed.

Snaphook71 on May 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Pollyanna stuff. I don’t think evangelical support can be counted on that easily. For one thing, Romney has yet to weigh in on the issue. For another, his usual evasiveness and wishy-washiness may make the issue (like immigration) a net wash and non-factor anyway.

ddrintn on May 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Huh? The very next day Romney addressed the issue and said he believed marriage was between a man and a woman.

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

They may not go for Romney, but it is likely that quite a few will choose to stay home on election day.

Hoof Hearted on May 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

To the vast majority of the african american community there’s two over-reaching issues to voting for Romney

1) The president is black, and to a community hugely invested in racial politics that is almost impossible to get past
2) The community, and with it the pressure from their leaders and others, believes supporting a Republican is akin to supporting the KKK

With those two issues over the head of the community, there’s little chance anything Obama does will affect the african american community from turning out in big numbers and supporting Obama by 95-98%

Defector01 on May 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Forty acres, mule, etc.

/rinse and repeat

Ward Cleaver on May 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Maryland will be in 0′s column. The state is completely screwed politically.

Bmore on May 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Calculated risk on Scooter’s part. He needs the gay dollars more than he needs the affection of the black religious community. He knows that because of skin color he’s playing with house money. Easy peasy.

a capella on May 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

That reminds me, how’s the economy doing?

fogw on May 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Who cares about the economy? Romney strapped a dog to the roof of his car!

Ward Cleaver on May 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Maybe Count Mittula will back the Reverend on this one?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/obama-ad-calls-mitt-romneys-bain-capital-firm-a-vampire/2012/05/14/gIQA25BdOU_blog.html?wprss=rss_campaigns

This does look like a “juicy” issue to “bloody” up Obama on……(insert howls of the gay werewolf here).

PappyD61 on May 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Content of character?

Expiration date around November.

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

…he only has to drop one race card before the election…he knows it too!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Obama could be parading young Boys thru the WH with the
leader of NAMBLA, and these fools would still vote for him.

Yup, some may be disappointed and stay home in November, but most’ll still be voting for the brotha, misguided as he may be. So he gets 95.9% instead of 97% of the black vote. As I’ve seen some say “whatever he needs to do to get re-electe, I’m cool with that.”

hawkeye54 on May 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Pollyanna stuff. I don’t think evangelical support can be counted on that easily. For one thing, Romney has yet to weigh in on the issue. For another, his usual evasiveness and wishy-washiness may make the issue (like immigration) a net wash and non-factor anyway.

ddrintn on May 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Excuse me? Romney weighed in almost instantly and then reaffirmed his stance in his commencement day speech.

Please try and keep up.

JPeterman on May 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

So Obama will carry MD by how many points?

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Probably quite a few, but didn’t MD pass a law giving all their electors to the winner of the national popular vote? So, if a lot of would-be Øbama voters stay home over SSM, Romney wins and gets Maryland’s electors (Then, next year, MD repeals that law).

Odysseus on May 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Wright was normal looking. It was his rhetoric that was scary.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

..pretty scary looking to me.

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

No offense, Rev. Burns, but abortion isn’t exactly the best friend of the black community, either. And have had a look at the unemployment rate for young blacks? And do you think gas prices are helping blacks?

Jaibones on May 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Whenever one of my liberal friends suggests that picking minorities for positions because they are minorities is a good thing because they know what it feels like to be discriminated against (one of the weirder justifications for affirmative action), I respond by pointing out the response of many in the black community to gays. Bigotry can come from anywhere and anyone.

As for Maryland being up for grabs, no chance in the world of that. Obama will win there easily. This entire issue is not going to matter to many people come election day. It will see some evangelicals become more comfortable with the idea of voting for Mitt, but I doubt that will be enough. I still predict a second Obama term. I pray I am wrong.

McDuck on May 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

The election will come down to a few states. Team Barry has calculated where this could possibly hurt him… it won’t hurt him in MD.

MS, AL, GA all have large black populations, but he won’t win there anyway. It could hurt him in NC, but they don’t need NC for a win (and the state was slipping away anyway).

OH? Doubt it will matter. WI? They have economics on the mind. PA? Blacks in Philadelphia don’t care. I just don’t know where black participation could cost him the election. This is far from a “disaster” or “devastating” or whatever apocalyptic word we want to use.

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

but but Van said even if barry came out himself african-americans would still get behind him….

mittens on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I’ll get behind him!

- Barney Frank

pain train on May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I imagine black Mormons are the only demographic significantly conflicted over this.

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Obama’s re-election team is suffering from a case of cockiness. They have made one mistake after another but are so confident of their talents, won’t realize the mistakes until it is to late…or at least that is what I hope.

bopbottle on May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I think black Americans will vote overwhelming for Obama this time around too. But, I also believe Obama will lose 12-15% because black Americans buy gasoline, groceries, and other necessities required to live. How high is your utility bills? How is that water bill effecting the budget? Obama is in BIG trouble with the electorate.

jjnco73 on May 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

This was never about voters. It was always about money. The Black voting block may be bigger but it has no money. The Gay block is where the money is. If you get enough money, you can get the votes.

Or so they think. We’ll see if they’re right.

Lily on May 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Who cares about the economy? Romney strapped a dog to the roof of his car!

Ward Cleaver on May 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

He was saving the dog from Obama’s kitchen.

Gladtobehere on May 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

They may not go for Romney, but it is likely that quite a few will choose to stay home on election day.

Hoof Hearted on May 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Agree. This is the most likely outcome.

dddave on May 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

There’s absolutely no chance these preachers or their congregations are going to leave Obama.
Defector01 on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 P

Did you miss what happened in NC? Your assertion is contradicted by what the pastor said publicly. He may not vote for Mr. Romney, but he doesn’t want to vote for Obama and he’s not alone. He has given his parish permission not to vote for Obama.

That’s a very big deal.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

He has given his parish permission not to vote for Obama.

That’s a very big deal.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2012 at 1:25 P

It’s also very strange when a minister has to give his congregation “permission not to vote for” a candidate.

Gladtobehere on May 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Probably quite a few, but didn’t MD pass a law giving all their electors to the winner of the national popular vote? So, if a lot of would-be Øbama voters stay home over SSM, Romney wins and gets Maryland’s electors (Then, next year, MD repeals that law).

Odysseus on May 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I can’t find a reference to it, but I believe that law is conditional upon states representing a majority of electoral votes passing the same law. That hasn,t happened, so the law doesn’t do anything at the moment.

Fenris on May 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Obama’s approval rating with Muslims is only 2nd to blacks so I wonder how they feel about this. They are less than 1% of the population, but it could cost Obama a few thousand votes in places like Michigan.

Wigglesworth on May 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Short of supporting candidates who are Klansmen nothing Obama does will affect the African American community enough to cause them to drop their support of the President.

Defector01 on May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

No, not even that would change anything. Back during George Wallace’s last run for Alabama Governor, he got 96% of the black vote. Ditto for Robert (Grand Wizard) Byrd in W.VA.

Alabama Infidel on May 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

This was never about voters. It was always about money. The Black voting block may be bigger but it has no money. The Gay block is where the money is. If you get enough money, you can get the votes.

Or so they think. We’ll see if they’re right.

Lily on May 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

This.

derecho on May 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

He has given his parish permission not to vote for Obama.

That’s a very big deal.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2012 at 1:25 P

Sheep!

Wigglesworth on May 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Has obama done anything for the blacks, ever? All he cares about are the unions. He knows he has the black vote wrapped up, so why worry about you? I’d love to see the lady interviewed who thought he was gooing to pay for her mortgage, and her car payment.
I don’t know when you are going to wake up.

Oh, forgot he only cares about the gays because they have money and of course he had to do it before he met with the hollywood elete. So stand in the line “blacks” along with the Hispanics because you guys don’t have any money to donate.

BTW, just remember he has the muslim brotherhood in the white house and we know what they do to gays. Be very afraid!

Bambi on May 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I can’t imagine that the black vote won’t turn out for him, even over this.

But it MIGHT impact whether some organizations, like black church organizations, actively campaign for him, or donate to his campaign.

Hope all of those Hollywood fundraisers offset things.

Vyce on May 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Anyone who thought Obama gave a crap about the beliefs of the church and it’s followers hasn’t been paying attention.

KateNE on May 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Not buying it.

Obama will make the rounds to black churches scolding them to take off their bedroom slippers and stop complaining–using his best black preacher voice.
That’s all it will take.

Black evangelicals lost all credibility long ago, when they eagerly supported the most radical abortion president ever.
They didn’t seem to mind that Obama voted against the Born Alive Act—but gay marriage goes too far?

Add evangelicals to the long list of people that look like complete fools for supporting this president (Jews, Catholics, gays, black evangelicals, celebrities, media).

bailey24 on May 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Also, I should add, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of gay marriage and the promotion of equal rights for homosexuals.

Which is why I don’t really think Obama should be getting the accolades that he is on this.

He came out and said that he supports gay marriage. So what? The second half of his announcement was that he believes it should be up to the States to decide the issue. Well, gee, thanks for voting present once again, because that does nothing but preserve the status quo.

Vyce on May 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Ths point isn’t that they’re going to vote for Romney or that Obama’s going to lose Maryland because of this. But if angry African-American voters simply don’t show up at the polls because of this, Obama could lose Virginia, Ohio, Florida and several other swing and even light Blue States due to depressed turnout.

jon1979 on May 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

… and the rest of the story …

Obama’s enthusiasm gap with respect to 2008 is not just about money or turnout. It is also about the volunteer participation rate which is abysmal for the campaign right now. Any campaign needs this to be high and rising 6 months before the election so they can be putting in place their GOTV efforts, their “well attended rallies” for the media, etc etc etc

The Gay Marriage endorsement was a sign of desperation (it will cost them in the African American community but help them with the rest of the base)across the board. There is significant downside but if you don’t have your free volunteer labor now … you don’t need to worry about October – everyone will be working on their resumes by then.

PolAgnostic on May 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

There are other races besides the top job in November. While no one doubts the unfortunate fact that blacks vote skin color, there are an awful lot of lily-white democrats running.

Rebar on May 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Gladtobehere on May 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The RCC warns people about losing their eternal salvation over how they vote.

mankai on May 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Send in Hillary!

She knows how to talk down to blacks.

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mankai on May 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Victicrats vs. victicrats!

Crusty on May 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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