Rep. West: Obama's Gay Marriage Stance May Alienate Some Black Supporters

Thursday, 10 May 2012 05:32 PM

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Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida says that some black Americans will be reluctant to vote for President Barack Obama, following his Wednesday statement of support for gay marriage.

"I think it's going to cause an incredible discussion in the black community, because, as you know, on Sundays in the black community, the most conservative people in America are in those black churches," West told ABC News on Thursday.

West said that while black Americans gave Obama overwhelming support in 2008, gay marriage bans passed in both Florida and California, ABC News reported.

"I think it may have been a huge miscalculation, especially when you have 41 states that recognize marriage between one man and one woman, and you just came off an incredible loss to them. Sixty-nine percent voted for [the recent same-sex marriage ban] in North Carolina, which is a key swing state he barely won last time," West said.

Nationwide, 95 percent of African-American voters supported Obama, according to exit polls, comprising 13 percent of the national electorate, ABC News reported.

African-Americans oppose gay marriage 55 percent to 41 percent, according to an ABC News poll done in March. Among all poll respondents, 52 percent said they support gay marriage, and 43 percent were opposed. 


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