Obama Feared Revolt by Black Ministers on Gay Marriage Move

Monday, 14 May 2012 07:35 AM

By Greg McDonald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Shortly after announcing his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Barack Obama reached out to African-American ministers and other key players in the religious community in an effort to contain any possible political damage.

According to The New York Times, the president spoke in the hours after making his decision public with at least eight ministers on a conference call in which he sought to explain his position in theological and personal terms.

Some, the Times reported Sunday, told him his position on gay marriage would make it difficult to back his re-election. But by the end of the call, most said they would work on his behalf, according to one minister on the call quoted by the Times.

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

“Gay marriage is contrary to their understanding of Scripture,” Coates added. “There are people who are really wrestling with this.”

In addition to the conference call, Obama and his White House team also reached out to other spiritual leaders he relies on for religious advice or who have been supportive of his positions 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,” the Times article said.

Obama’s announcement, coming on the heels of the administration requirement that organizations affiliated with religious institutions offer health coverage for contraceptives, set off a firestorm of protests among some religious leaders and political critics of the president.

The Rev. Joel C. Hunter, who spoke with the president by phone after his decision, told the Times, “Some of the faith communities are going to be afraid that this is an attack against religious liberty.”

Hunter, the pastor of large conservative church in Florida, said the president responded, “Absolutely not. That’s not where we’re going, and that’s not what I want.”

Still, conservatives said the president’s decision to openly support gay marriage had changed the dynamics of this presidential race, the Times reported.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, former presidential candidate Gary Bauer said, “I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this one ill-conceived position that he’s taken.”

Appearing on the same program, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Obama’s decision had also stirred up religious leaders who had not planned to get involved in the election this year.

“I’ve gotten calls from pastors across the nation, white and black pastors, who have said, ‘You know what? I’m not sitting on the sidelines anymore,’ ” Perkins said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Returning Ebola Health Workers to Get Paid Leave at Hospital

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 15:14 PM

Employees returning from the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola will get a 21-day paid furlough from New York-P . . .

Newt Gingrich: Houston Pastor Subpoenas Part of a 'Radical Agenda'

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 13:07 PM

Houston Mayor Annise Parker's decision to issue subpoenas for sermons from the city's Christian pastors was for much la . . .

Advocates Seek to End Tennessee's Appeal as 'Abortion Destination'

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 11:20 AM

Anti-abortion advocates are trying to change laws in Tennessee, which they deride as being the abortion destination of . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved