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May 11th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Complexity in black church reactions to Obama’s gay marriage announcement

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - After the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first gained wide public recognition in the mid-1950s, he made a special request to evangelist Billy Graham.

King was poised to join Graham on one of his barnstorming crusades, but he would do so only on one condition. He asked Graham to publicly speak out against segregation, a request Graham declined, says San Diego State University historian Edward Blum.

“What Graham feared was losing all of his influence,” Blum says. “For him, personal salvation was primary, justice secondary. For King, justice was primary.”

After President Obama this week became the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage, black clergy and churchgoers could be facing a question that's similar to the one that fractured King and Graham: Should my ideas about personal holiness trump my notion of justice?

The answer to that question is evolving – just as Obama’s views on gay marriage have been. Poll numbers and interviews with black clergy suggest it’s simplistic to say that the black church is anti-gay marriage and may desert Obama, as some pundits have suggested.

Equal rights for some people?

Some black pastors take the approach of Graham, who recently came out in support of a successful drive to amend North Carolina’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships.

For them, personal salvation is primary; homosexuality a sin, and so is gay marriage. Their enthusiasm for Obama will be diminished, Blum says.

“It will be, ‘I’m going to vote for him, but I’m not going to talk about him much,’ ” Blum says. “It’s the difference between voting for him, or voting for him and putting out a street sign and making sure your neighbor gets to the poll.”

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Others in the black church say their approach centers on justice.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was a part of King’s inner circle, says Obama had to support gay marriage because he believes in equal rights.

“You can’t believe in equal rights for some people and yet not believe in equal rights for everybody,” Lowery says. “That includes the right to marry the person of your choice. Equal rights for some people are an oxymoron.”

Lowery says Obama’s announcement was “more revolutionary” than the moment that President Lyndon Johnson went on national television during the heyday of the civil rights movement and called for racial equality, declaring, “We shall overcome.”

Obama’s “We Shall Overcome” moment will force Americans – black and white – to reexamine positions on same-sex marriage, Lowery says.

“A lot of white people didn’t believe in desegregation until the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional,” says Lowery, who presided over Obama’s inauguration. “And then they began to rethink it and basically came to the same conclusion.”

Pastor or president?

At least one black minister in North Carolina captures another neglected dimension to the debate. He opposes same-sex marriage but doesn’t like the energy Christians devote to opposing it.

“He’s the president of the Untied States, not the pastor of the United States,” says the Rev. Fred Robinson, who lives in Charlotte. “America is a democracy, not a theocracy. I’m not going to vote on one issue.”

Robinson says some Christians are better at being against something than for something. Christian divorce rates are just as high as those for secular marriages, he says.

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“Our witness is stronger if we actually show that we believe in marriage and lived in and honored it,” he says. “That would be a greater witness than running to the polls to enshrine discrimination in the state constitution.”

The Rev. Tim McDonald, founder of the African-American Ministers Leadership Council, says he opposes same-sex marriage, but he is more concerned about issues like health care, education and jobs.

He's interested to see how black pastors handle Obama’s announcement when they step onto the pulpit Sunday.

“I don’t see how you cannot talk about it,” he says. “I have to. You can say I’m opposed to it [same-sex marriage], but that doesn’t mean I’m against the president.”

McDonald says more black pastors are talking about same-sex marriage than ever before: “Three years ago, there was not even a conversation about this issue – there wasn’t even an entertainment of a conversation about this.”

Polls show that black opinions on same-sex marriage are changing.

According to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in April, 49% of black respondents described themselves as opposed to marriage between gays and lesbians, 14% fewer than in 2008. The percentage of African-Americans in favor of it increased from 26% in 2008 to 39% in 2012.

In 2008, Californians voted on Proposition 8, a measure that would make same-sex marriage illegal in the state, at the same time that they cast ballots for president.

CNN exit polling showed that 70% of California African-Americans supported Prop 8 but that the overwhelming majority - 94% - also backed President Obama.

Black pastors who preach in favor of same-sex marriage know they may pay a price if they take Obama’s position, says Bishop Carlton Pearson.

Pearson is a black minister who says he lost his church building and about 6,000 members when he began preaching that gays and lesbians were accepted by God.

“That’s the risk that people take,” he told CNN. “A lot of preachers actually don’t have a theological issue. It’s a business decision. They can’t afford to lose their parishioners and their parsonages and salaries.”

Pearson navigates the tension between the Bible’s call for holiness and justice this way:

“I take the Bible seriously, just not literally,” he says. “It’s more important what Jesus said about God than what the church says about Jesus.”

CNN staff writer Stephanie Siek contributed to this report.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Christianity • Gay marriage • Politics

soundoff (2,207 Responses)
  1. Randy

    Poor President Obama he is being force to stand on something he don't believe in because he don't wanna lose votes, i rather for what i believe in and what the word of God says then to bow to these demons of politics, by him standing for gays to get married he might as well go shake hands with the devil because when it's all said and done we all will stand at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ and this movement will no doubt be in your record when he opens the book on your life.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • GE

      Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 shekels and you see how that turned out so let's us who follow Jesus recognize the dangers of betraying Jesus and not bow down to it for in that Judas hanged himself and that's what we should see when we betray Jesus we are killing ourselves...let's pray for President Obama

      May 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Eisener

      Poor President Obama?? Sorry randy, I say "poor Randy!"

      1) Who forced President Obama? He just took a major risk of speaking out for equal rights. Not something that will likely get him more votes, rather less. That does not seem like 'politics' to me.. Rather seems like 'the right thing to do! That is: if a President believes in a principle he needs to voice that, not hide it out of fear of what others believe or what will earn him most votes. I bravo our President for his courage – whether or not I agree with him on this issue.

      2) You write that the President has shaken hands with the devil. How dare you say that? Who are you to judge others and say that they have a relationship with the devil? May I suggest that you look closely to see if hate and disrespect for others maybe is in your heart – you speak such horrible words of another person / other people.

      3) Remember: Love Thy Neighbor – one of the two grandest commandments in the Law (see Matthew 22:36-40)

      May 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  2. DrDoITT

    I mentioned how a "drink" gene can be used to justify removal of dui/dwi laws coz its not a choice at that point, they cant help it. Ben mentioned:

    "A genetic disposition which means you might. the rest is nature and how u handle yourself. just because you had an alcoholic parent or whatever does not mean that you will become an alcoholic it just means there's a chance and that could do more with living around it than anything else."

    You couldnt have taken the words out of my mouth better.. you may think you have gay tendencies but if you choose to ignore the disposition then you become a more productive member of society. Amen.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • sam stone

      A more productive member of society? Gosh, doc, you truly are a pompous fool

      May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • stateschool

      Are you aware that you just compared gays to drunk drivers and alcoholics?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam

      Are you almost done? I would think talking out your ass this much would have tired you out by now.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • DrDoITT

      Im not a pompous fool.. just a dude who is offended when his ancestors fight for civil rights and equality is compared with others justifying their perversions.

      I just may abstain and not vote for anyone... "fire people" Romney or "I love gays" Obama.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • GodPot

      "drink" gene can be used to justify removal of dui/dwi laws coz its not a choice at that point"

      Besides the fact that you must be an idiot for not seeing the difference between genetic predisposition to s e x ual orientation and DUI's, you might have noticed that drinking alcohol or even being a drunk is not illegal. Driving while intoxicated is because you are putting OTHERS at risk from your behavior. Being gay puts NO ONE at risk other than the person themselves and the risk is only if they believe in your imaginary dungeon sauna.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • John

      If you choose to ignore it you can be a productive member of society? You do realize that just because you are gay it does not mean you are not productive. There are lots of very successful and productive members of society who are gay. Republicans don't like that. I recall a gay soldier–in a war zone–being booed by a Republican audience. I'm sure you remember that too.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  3. Reason77

    Mr. Blake, you ask the question: “Should my ideas about personal holiness trump my notion of justice?”

    A much better question would be: “Given that my ideas of personal holiness conflict with my notion of justice, what is wrong with my ideas about personal holiness or my notion of justice?” After all, as humans we do not have a perfect understanding of holiness or justice.

    Maybe it is time for believers to openly address the possibility that the presumption that “Hom.o.s.e.x.uality is a sin” may NOT be an accurate understanding of God’s truth.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  4. Mike

    Anyone who has ever been enslaved or discriminated against, would be an idiot to do the same to others.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Agreed Mike.. but modern blacks have never been enslaved and if you ask them only blacks are discriminated against.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Guest

      Amen.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  5. Malcolm Xcrement

    Well, let's see. Obama sides against the expressed word of God and for the pervert lobby in order to pander for more votes.

    You bet the black community will punish him. Siding with those God-hating sodomists will cost you the election, and will hurt your party deeply as well. No blaming Bush for this one. Bye-bye, Barry. See you on the lecture circuit....

    May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      uh hu, it was a vote getting ploy huh? you think he believes he will get more votes than he will lose with this statement do you? the what? 2% gay lobby? vs the 70% or whatever it is that calls itself religous? yeah, he obviously did it for votes.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • the Dawn

      Something one old man wrote down more than 2000 years ago is the expressed word of God? Please!

      May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Reason77

      Obama is not "sides against the expressed word of God" as you claim, he simply has a different understanding of God's truth than you do.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      All but one of my gay friends are Christian. God hating indeed.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      malcolm: the expressed word of god? more like translated, edited iron age hearsay.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      malcolm: i guess everyone needs a ni**er, and gays are theirs

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • sam

      @Reason – plenty of people seem to believe that alone makes someone a heretic.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Mike

      The Bible was written by man, just ask Rabbi Jesus.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • John

      It would be a shame if Obama lost because he did the right thing. It would be an equal shame if anyone who willingly chooses the name "Malcolm Xcrement" were allowed even one moment of happiness.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • WB

      Perhaps you're just angry because he's not filled with hate–like you.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  6. Josesito

    It discussed me that some pastors or people that said they believe in God and know the bible, they support gays... the word of God is clear, being gay is a sin... is so fricking clear.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • TheOne

      Learn to use the right words to describe what you are trying to say, it is very confusing.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • ABC

      You say it's god's word. Why should we believe you!

      May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • d

      yes... drunkenness is also a sin so does that mean the federal government should ban it too?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      these people are christians, what did christ say about gays?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      It DISGUSTS me when apparent adults can't spell and it disgusts me even more when people base their stance in this world off a book written 2000 years ago. Bigotry is not healthy and regardless of what your book says being gay is not wrong, in fact scientific studies have been done to prove it is natural. Sadly you are too blind to understand that equal rights apply to all. It is time to live in the 21st century or go back to your cave.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      YOU CAN'T DRIVE IF YOU ARE DRINKING, IS THE LAW...

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Steven

      People like you are what is tearing this country apart. The next time you ask yourself, what is wrong with people today, be sure you look in a mirror first before looking for your answer elsewhere.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I USED TO GO TO CHURCH, BUT I STOPPED GOING . WHY ??? THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES ARE MONEY HUNGRY--2..TOO MANY GAY PRIEST MOLESTING KIDS..

      May 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Banned things

      Here's a few other things the Government clearly needs to ban while their at it....
      Shaving (Leviticus 19:27)
      Shellfish (Leviticus 11:10)
      Tattoos (Leviticus 19:28)
      You if you want to follow the rules of your bible, why don't you go follow all of them, and not just pick and choose like a "good christian".

      May 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Josesito, the word of God is not clear, in one section people are suppose to stone to death g ays and such and in another section we are suppose to love others as we love ourselves. Can't do both.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      sure are putting a lot of emphasis on an iron age comic book, aren't you?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Reason77

      Anyone who has actually read the Bible, and I have, knows that it is anything but clear. See Leviticus 25:44

      May 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      okay....

      who said anything about drinking and driving?

      secondly, you said "too many gay priests molesting kids". what is the right number of gay priests molesting kids?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • John

      You know if you really want to live in a place where there are no gays and the government believes in religious dogma, and pushes said dogma, might I suggest Iran?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  7. cd

    The REAL question is who gives the best "He@d job" Mr/Mrs 0. ?

    May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  8. d

    Well, at least we know who to blame when Obama fails in November (cough biden cough)

    May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  9. David Swift

    So many stupid people.If they think the Bible is a fake.Then what will they say to God on judgement day? Guess they will think hell is a cool place also.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • mandarax

      Some of us will say, "If you love us why did you give us such an inaccurate, inconsistent, hard-to-believe book as our only guide?" Couldn't you have been a little more straightforward if you are responsible for saving our eternal souls?"

      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • sam

      There's no hell, except being stuck watching you post nonsense.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ANYONE WHO SEEN GOD ?? CAST THE FIRST STONE... HOW CAN PEOPLE BELIEVE IN SOMETHING THAT NO ONE HAVE EVER SEEN ???? NO PROOF THAT GOD IS REAL...I WILL BELIEVE IN GOD WHEN I SEE HIM IN PERSON...NO ONE HAVE EVER SEEN HIM..

      May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      The bible isn't "fake." It is a history recorded by many people over the course of time. Then Jesus came along and someone decided to start saying it was written by an omnipotent being. The "fake" part is the continued delusion that it was "written" by "God."

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      "So many stupid people"

      Only stupid people are those who still live by that book and not in the present century. You can't prove your god or hell exists, until you can, you have no valid point. (and don't pull the whole 'the fool has said...' crap...we've heard it all before and dismiss it like we do your god delusion)

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      i would ask him why on earth he set up the system he did. why, as supreme creator of everything, he decided to create a universe, fill it with stars and planets and on one of those planets create mankind whose apparent sole purpose it to live their life to see where they go when they die. And how it is that a supreme all powerful and all knowing diety would be bothered for one instant as to what gays did and how on earth something like that would actually anger him. Heck it doesnt anger me so why on earth does it get his goat?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hell isn’t real ether Christians made it up after adopting then twisting Judaism.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      DAVID, HAVE YOU SEEN GOD ????/ DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO SEEN GOD ?????????? IF NO, HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING THAT NO ONE HAVE EVER SEEN ??????

      May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Chuck

      If I'm talking to god I won't be dead yet but, having one helluva hallucination.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Mike

      Stupid is not knowing the true origin of the bible and religion. Research the truth. When was it written? who wrote it? The bible isn't fake nor are comic books. But there is a big difference between fiction and non-fiction. I like to live in the real world not the one imagined or described in a book.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Jerri

      You will actually look into His face without question and say... I deserve hell!

      May 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • John

      So many stupid people think Santa Clause is fake. What will they say when there is coal in their stocking come Christmas morning? That's the REAL Judgement Day.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  10. Blacks Have Short Memories?

    Since 72% of black men in the USA grow up wihtout a father in the home, they have a propensity to be bi or gay. So why wouldn't they vote for Gay marriage?

    May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • sam

      You are just a goddamn comedian, aren't you.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Blacks Have Short Memories?

      It's true. I recommend knowing before speaking.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Ace

      Are you kidding, you can't be serious.
      That is the dumbest thing I have heard all week.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Being gay has nothing to with growing up without a father. All of my gay friends had their fathers in their lives and they're all perfectly normal, happy tax-paying adults. Being gay is something purely natural, not a choice or how someone turns out as the result of something they lack. Read some scientific studies on this and you might potentially comprehend the facts.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Geminiladi

      Wade… So when and how did you manage to meet ALL black people to know how we would ALL think and the actions we would take? Suffered?? Suffered?? What makes you think ALL black people are suffering? Well I hate to burst your bubble but I as a black woman am NOT suffering! In fact I live a pretty comfortable life considering the times. And yes there is no need for you to blame the times all on OUR (yes that means you too) President. I know form your post that any logical intelligent conversation with you about the subject is a moot point. So I will go back to my original point which is, how do you know what ALL black people would do????

      May 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  11. AmericanSam

    Imagine.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  12. td

    People express hatred in order to disguise their own lack of morality. Simple psychology.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  13. Sy2502

    It doesn't matter that blacks are mostly against SS marriage, it doesn't matter if the religious blacks are offended, at the end they'll have 2 choices: vote the black or the white guy? Vote the Republican or the Democrat? Seriously, that anybody should have the smallest doubt about who African Americans are going to vote for is ridiculous.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That’s assuming they will vote at all. Historically they don’t show up at the polls.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • pinostabaum

      its not about who you vote for. its whether you vote at all. Voters unenthused about a candidate often dont vote.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Bobbie

      Duh! 'cause when you're black, half-black is still better than white !! It doesn't matter that obummer has continued the democraps policies of the last 70 years to keep the blacks dependent on the government. right where they want them, and apparently, right where the blacks want to remain!!

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • DrDoITT

      Nope.. thired choice. what I may end up doing. african american dude abstaining rather than voting for obama or romney!

      May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  14. Blacks Have Short Memories?

    When Obama wins in November, please this time, leave the USA for good. Daily flights to Guatemala from 8 US cities!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      IF OBAMA WIN IN NOVEMBER ??? I WILL BE MOVING TO ARIZONA-NORTH CAROLINA--ALABAMA-CANADIAN-MINN BORDER ALL BY MYSELF..........HEY, LETS MOVE TO MEXICO, ALL THE MEXICANS ARE HERE IN THE U.S......MEXICO WILL BE ALL AMERICANS.. BUT AS SOON AS WE MAKE MEXICO A GREAT COUNTRY AGAIN , THOSE MEXICAN IN THE U.S. WOULD WANT MEXICO BACK.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Blacks Have Short Memories?

      You will fit in well with all of those hee-billlies in Alabama. With your GED education you will be smarter than 76% of them who only have a 6th grade education.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  15. rec

    OBOMA SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE ISSUE ALONE, NOW HE HAS TO DEAL WITH BLACK CHURCH MEMBERS NOT WANTING TO SUPORT A GENTILE. BIG MISTAKE.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  16. alza

    WELL....Obama is using the "smoke screen" of gay marriage to cover his failure at fixing the economy. High prices at the gas pump, record high unemployment and inflation.

    I guess if I were Obama I would want to "smoke screen" my failures too.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • OOO

      Lets ignore gas prices. Every economics program I have watched in the last 10 years have all said that a president has virtually no control over gas and oil prices.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      OOO, or private sector jobs,

      May 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Blacks Have Short Memories?

      The economy is "fixed" for the super-rich, anyway. They continued to get richer and richer even during 2009, 2010 and 2011. Isn't that what Repiblicans want? For the rich to keep getting richer? So why are you complaining?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Btea

      Apparently, you have not been paying attention to the price of gas lately! It's going down, and the economy is on the upswing!

      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Dave A

      alza: obama fixed my economy.. yours is okay Too..you bought a computer and you are paying for internet. i bet you
      have beer money too.. Right?

      May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  17. Sam

    I guess I am wondering where the line between church and state, which liberals love to throw around all the time, is drawn here. Why is the President interjecting on a point of morality? This is a former pot smoking dissident who never made an honest nickel in his life. Why do I care what the thinks about anything.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • d

      Thank you Biden...you may well have cost Obama the election.

      Stupid dimwit.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • TheOne

      He didn't present it as a 'national' statement. He said it was his personal view, not the nations.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • BRC

      @Sam,
      Morality is independent of religion. You want an example of the line- 30 states have voted into place laws that discriminate, which is wrong, the President has come out and said that he supports those people, and does not approve of the discrimination, regardless of what his or any religion says. That is EXACTLY how it should work.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Dave A

      you? a self rightious christian I bet!! hahaha

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • sam stone

      he is not interjecting on a point of morality, but equality under the law

      May 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  18. Fernando

    How about this.......................if you have ever gotten divorced OR cheated on your spouse you aren't allowed to cast the first stone..........how many of you does that rule out claiming to be so holy

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  19. David Swift

    Gay means happy. Well then I must be "Gay"

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • sam stone

      Good for you. There are websites for you folk

      May 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  20. Wade

    What a total joke. Blacks are the most racist people in America. They would vote for Obama if he dressed in white robes and hood and hung blacks while burning a cross. No one has suffered more than Blacks under Obama yet they still support him proving how racist they really are.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Fernando

      @Wade...........please show me statistics to back that up that we have suffered more under him than ANY other President. You're post is ignorant, lacks facts and is just dumb. BUT if you can back it up I will agree with you....so I'll wait to see your proof

      May 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Wade, we are still waiting

      May 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • sam

      Wade's likely unsure what a 'fact' is.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Not enough

      Wade black folks would vote for Obama not really because he is black but because he is a democrat. his numbers are not that much different than what Bill Clinton and John Kerry got. Black folks have been voting democrat since FDR had his black cabinent. Before that black voted republican because it was the party of Lincoln (up until southern democrats became republican Jessie Helms, Strom Thurman).

      May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • CB

      tick tock...tick tock....

      May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • sam

      The reason he's not responding is because he can't figure out how to use 'reply'. He's on a newer page looking smarter by the minute.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Chuck

      Wade = another ignorant troll.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
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