Some interesting paragraphs from an Associated Press report on African-American reaction to President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage:
Many black pastors have been reluctant to address same-sex marriage from the pulpit; the topic remains taboo in much of their community.
Now, “with the president taking such a clear stand on the issue, and his being such a beloved figure and historic symbol for African-Americans, I think it will advance the conversation,” said the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
“As a pastor, I will have to say something about this on Sunday,” Warnock said.
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a giant of the civil rights movement who delivered the benediction at Obama’s inauguration, said he agrees with Obama on gay marriage.
“I believe in equal rights,” Lowery said. “You can’t believe in equal rights for some. That’s an oxymoron.”
However: “Do I like it? I’m uncomfortable with it,” said Lowery, 90. “We grew up under boy-girl, man-woman, courtship and marriage.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider