Damage Control: Obama Called Black Pastors After Announcing Support for Gay Marriage

In churches and synagogues around the country this weekend, President Obama’s historic public support for same-sex marriage has been a hot topic — especially in African-American churches. (Yahoo)

Barack Obama called black pastors last week after announcing his support for gay marriage.
The New York Times reported:

About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself. He had struggled with the decision, he said, but had come to believe it was the right one.

The ministers, though, were not all as enthusiastic. A vocal few made it clear that the president’s stand on gay marriage might make it difficult for them to support his re-election.

“They were wrestling with their ability to get over his theological position,” said the Rev. Delman Coates, the pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., who was on the call.

In the end, Mr. Coates, who supports civil marriages for gay men and lesbians, said that most of the pastors, regardless of their views on this issue, agreed to “work aggressively” on behalf of the president’s campaign. But not everyone. “Gay marriage is contrary to their understanding of Scripture,” Mr. Coates said. “There are people who are really wrestling with this.”

In the hours following Mr. Obama’s politically charged announcement on Wednesday, the president and his team embarked on a quiet campaign to contain the possible damage among religious leaders and voters. He also reached out to one or more of the five spiritual leaders he calls regularly for religious guidance, and his aides contacted other religious figures who have been supportive in the past.

The damage-control effort underscored the anxiety among Mr. Obama’s advisers about the consequences of the president’s revised position just months before what is expected to be a tight re-election vote.

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  • BlackBush

    Blacks will vote for obama. Doesnt matter. Its just a political flip flop to get another 1% of the population. Guy is scum

  • Fuquay Steve

    but did he offer them $150K for keeping their mouths shut?

  • MamaGriz68

    It is very disheartening to hear a pastor say he will still support Obama. Skin color trumps faith. I was foolishly hoping these “men of God” would stand by God’s truth and put politics to the side. Would like to see the IRS sicked on these pastors if they use their pulpits to pimp for Obama though. Wait, that’s more foolish thinking, isn’t it?

  • Mac in NM

    Ditto’s #1, #2, and #3. It is all about skin color with these people. But then it’s a ‘black thing’, we wouldn’t understand.

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  • jorgen

    Yes, it is about skin color so they are racist as we already knew.

  • Brandon In Baton Rouge

    It’s not a question of whether Obama will get 95% or more of the black vote.

    It’s a question of whether that black vote will turn out in a big way like in 2008.

    If black turnout is depressed because of this, it will likely end up costing Obama a ton of votes he needs in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, etc.

  • http://awpolenski888.wordpress.com/ A.W Polenski

    The fact that these pastors are “wrestling” with this topic is evidence that their allegiance to God is divided. And a divided house will fall. (Luke 11:17) Scripture is clear that marriage is between one man and one woman. It is to be a spiritual picture of Gods relationship with His people Israel, and the Gentiles who are being grafted in (Romans 11). If we support marriage between men and other men, and women and other women, this reflects nothing of the Name of God and His nature and character. This is why it is such an important concern to God. If pastors cannot stand for truth as declared in Scripture, they are no longer under grace but under wrath. 1 Timothy 4 is being fulfilled as we speak, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons”

    God help this country. He is coming soon..

  • iamsaved

    Jos 24:15
    15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

  • BlackBush

    Would that make barry satan then?

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  • bg


    so, where’s Pastor Manning??

    here & here & here & here..


  • Finncrisp

    This is a slap in the face to evangelical , family oriented Black churchgoers. Question is will they simply stay home rather than vote for one of their own, despite his pro abortion, gay embracing strategy? Comes on the heels of his showdown with the Catholic church over Obamacare. Barry appears to be certain he can win without these groups.

    Key question – will Integrity trump traditional voting tendencies?

  • bg


    unfortunately much closer to the truth than the satirical intent..


  • MN Jim

    obama could grow horns and a tail and the blacks would still vote for him.

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  • retirred military

    Why does he care about the black pastors? He will get 90%+ of the black vote anyway.

    Nothing will change that.

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  • middleagedhousewife

    I watched GLEE a couple weeks ago, decided I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I realize that Hollywood is pushing DIVERSITY on our youth – and by diversity I mean flamboyant homosexuality – so I expected that. I did not expect to see a couple that are attempting to refrain from sex as a commitment to abstinence. Well, in one scene, the guy goes into the locker room and sees his friend there, a friend who, it appears, is also not ‘playing the field’ but obviously a bit more loose about his commitment than the first guy. Anyway, the first guy is confessing how difficult it is to remain sexually pure like the Bible suggests/demands/whatever and the other guy tells him that (paraphrasing) “hey, that was a long time ago. things are much different now so it’s not so important anymore.” The troubled guy so, Oh, cool! and everything’s all good. Handshake, Bro hug, end of scene.
    I guess Hollywood’s no longer got a corner on the anti-Bible market.

  • Jayne on Left Coast

    Where are all the screaming ‘separation of Church and State” folks. The ones who say the Catholic Church should lose tax exempt status for denouncing Zero’s birth control mandate. Oh yeah, Black churches are okay to preach politics.