Do you think President Obama’s evolution in supporting gay marriage will affect African American voters in Novemeber> thats what religious right groups would like you to think.
Amos Brown, NAACP leader and b\baptist Minister, responded last week after a memo from NOM (National Organization for Marriage) was made public because of a lawsuit. The statement being issued to these African American baptist leaders are “We as black Baptists are not single-issue persons, and we see more important things than getting stuck on this matter of whether or not there should be same-sex marriages.”“are working to enlighten the people”
Brown sees this as a ploy to divide African Americans and the LGBTQ community that will “drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.”
Brown says the goal of this initiative of NOM was to “find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots….”
But the religious leaders like Brown saw through this deception stating “we contend that this is a racist ploy –It is divisive, but it was birthed, it was created by, white evangelicals who have shown themselves to be duplicitous and contradictory in their stances.”
Brown, who served as a member in the NAACP when the resolution passed to support President Obama’s support of gay marriage, also pointed out the hypocrisy of those that condemned GOP nominee Romney for being Mormon but once he got the republican bid for presidency “changed their tune, jumped on the bandwagon, jumped in bed with him.”
Overall Brown sees the actions by the religious right using President Obama’s support of gay marriage is not based in faith but in “power, politics and money that they are creating these kinds of alliances.” political gain to divide the black community”.
Mainly from what I’ve seen is that President Obama’s support of gay marriage hasn’t had a negative impact on the African American Community. Many including celebrities like Jay Z, Will Smith and others that believe that by i\and large the african American community’s support is evolving along with President Obama. Your little scheme NOM has not gone unnoticed and the African American Community is not some scapegoat for your bigoted cause.