Gay Marriage Issue Splits Black Vote


 Reverend William Owens

In an election cycle rife with controversy, it’s not surprising that religious issues would come to the fore.


Earlier this week the Democrat National Committee announced that marriage equality, or same-sex marriage would be made one of the planks in that party’s platform at their upcoming national convention. President Obama’s announcement earlier this year that he is personally in favor of non-traditional marriage between same sex couples has energized some voters but totally alienated others.


In a press conference earlier this week Reverend William Owens, President of the Coalition of African American Pastors, announced a campaign to shake up Obama’s hold on the black vote which Owens and others think is being taken for granted.


“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens, in an interview Tuesday after the launch event at the National Press Club. “I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”


In May, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced that it believed the issues around gay marriage to be in the nature of civil rights and that the organization would remain committed to Obama in his support of same. The NAACP, however, did not count on the widespread fallout from their action.


Black evangelicals, those who believe in the Bible as God’s literal word, are not at all comfortable with supporting homosexual lifestyle. Biblically, homosexual activity is called “an abomination in the eyes of God” and is strictly forbidden. The Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (from which our term sodomy, comes,) were destroyed by God for their wickedness. It is not surprising, then, that evangelicals find themselves on the outs with Obama over this issue.


Owens and his group of nearly 4,000 black pastors hope to cause black Christians to re-think their support of Barack Obama and the democrat party based upon their support of gay marriage. Whether or not the religious argument will overcome the racial one in the African American community remains to be seen. White evangelicals, though, are marching in lock-step against the Democrat’s position.


With the polling numbers showing a dead-heat between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, the election will eventually come down to the women and the independents. How the gay issue plays with these demographic segments remains to be seen but, according to one Alabama preacher’s wife of my acquaintance, “Christians who know God’s word understand that to vote for this Obamanation is to invite destruction of Biblical proportions.”


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