Will President Obama's support of gay marriage cost him black votes?
May 10th, 2012
04:09 PM ET

Will President Obama's support of gay marriage cost him black votes?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While President Obama's support for gay marriage is sure to fire up parts of the liberal base, it could alienate others - including black voters.

In other words, backing same-sex marriage might be a risky position for the president in an election year when it comes to one of his core voting blocs.

In 2008, African-Americans were crucial in making Mr. Obama the nation's first black president. Exit polls showed 96% of black voters supported him and they made up 13% of the electorate.

Fast forward four years: While polls suggest America on the whole is moving toward support of same-sex marriage, ABC/Washington Post polling shows 55% of black voters are still against it. That compares to 43% of whites.

And this opposition from blacks could hurt the president - particularly in the South.

Just this week in North Carolina, blacks voted two-to-one in favor of the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

North Carolina is a swing state where near-unanimous black support for Mr. Obama secured his 2008 victory.

So what if even some black voters in a state like North Carolina choose to sit this election out due to the president's support of same-sex marriage?

Groups on both sides of the issue like to compare gay marriage rights to the struggle for civil rights; but many blacks don't like that comparison. And black churches tend to see the issue in religious terms, with ministers playing a big role in the opposition to gay marriage.

While it's unlikely blacks will suddenly decide to vote for Mitt Romney over this, if some of them decide to stay home, it could make a difference in the outcome of the election.

Here’s my question to you: Will President Obama's support of gay marriage cost him black votes?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Paul From Round Rock, Texas

    It will cost him some black votes most of which will be from the deep south places he needs to get votes to win. Southern Baptist in general will be where he will lose the most black votes. The only real be thing he has going for him is that Romney thinks he saved the U.S. auto industry doesn't that kind of sound like Al Gore's I was inventor of the internet?

    May 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  2. Gary in San Jose, California

    It will cost him votes (black, white, or other) and it will gain him votes (black, white, or other). The timing of his announcement tells me that his polling data suggests a net add otherwise he wouldn't have done it this close to election.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    No. It is more likely to cost the defense of traditional marriage side to lose the support of black voters. This bloc will never vote Republican – and indeed should not – until they repudiate Nixon's Southern Strategy and throw the segregationists out of the party – including those who shout out that Obama should be tried for treason. As long as right wing white folks show Obama disrespect and their leaders tolerate it, the black vote will stay with him.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Joy

    Not at all. Black voters identify with him and will continue to do so. Besides, when will the next time be for them to see another black man become president of the US? Also in terms of wedge issues like gay marriage for ex., I think that black voters are more broadminded than we can give them credit for.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Virginia - Atlanta

    Sure it will, but it was an honest thing to do. He grew in understanding as we all should. This is unlike Romney who changes often back & forth depending on whom he is trying to impress. This is also known as lying, whereas President Obama does this rarely and justifiably we can call it growth.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. Bill of New Mexico


    And, seeing the reruns on TV of Obama fielding the question about gay marriage in 1998, 2006, 2008, and 2010; I have seen Obama's evolution. It is much worse than flip-flopping.

    He is full of promises, but little else.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  7. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    President' Obama's support of gay marriage will cost him a few Black, White, and Latino votes but the support will also gain him some Black, White and Latino votes. This is not a Black President and Black voter issue. It is a national issue which is evidenced by the many discussions and legislative initiatives recently taken up by many States.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  8. Steve, Clifton, Virginia


    It's going to take more than gay marriage to divide Black folks !! We have been through too much as a people to allow an issue like this to divide us now.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  9. Rick - Annapolis

    I can't imagine any black voters voting for Romney, but it is likely that some will just sit it out and not for Obama because of this single issue. That's too bad when there is so much at stake for the 99% on a whole host of issues. I find it odd that a group of people who suffered oppression in this country for so many years would now want to deny basic civil and human rights to yet another oppressed group. It's almost a republiscum attitude: "I've got mine, so screw you."

    May 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  10. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    I went to a Rochester demonstration in support of gay marriage. An African/American woman assumed I must be gay myself to be there, rather than assume that I am a believer in Justice for all. I made no effort to disavow her of her mistake. Our conversation ended with her saying she didn't really care who I screwed. My last comment was that I cared who we didn't screw over. Blacks are no more interested in telling people how to live their lives then anyone else

    May 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  11. ken, atlantic city, nj

    No! The blacks will support him no matter what he does or says just because he is half black.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Ann from Charleston SC

    Obama's support of gay marriage will cost him the vote of anyone – no matter what their race – who has strong feelings against gay marriage. Those of us who believe otherwise, or whose opinions are not as strong, will base their votes on issues that actually make a difference.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  13. Jayne in NH

    He may lose some of the vote among black people who are very religious, but it is likely to be compensated by gay Republicans voting for him. Wouldn't it be a hoot if the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed him over Romney!

    May 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Karl from Flint, MI

    Jack, give blacks some credit here. They aren't going to help elect a Republican that is obviously not their friend, or even close, in so many ways, because their real friend has an opinion on a civil right matter much like their fight for equality. Their religion is not going to get in the way of the overall political agenda.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Doug Ericson

    Not really. Of course the pulpit jockeys of every stripe will condemn Obamas position on the issue. But what makes the Black Christian voter any different from the White one in matters which clash with accepted Christian Church Doctrine. If anything, I would think it would cost Obama more votes amongst the White Christian Crowd where he is more weak politically. Obama may even gain Black votes in the end as his new stance backs Mitt farther to the right on the issue. Unless a relevent third party candidate comes out, ( Ron Pauls 5% is enough to put an end to Romneys chances.), Black voters only have two choices. It would be a good year to manufacture nose clips as many voters will be wearing them at the polls election day. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  16. willrennar

    Considering that our economy is pulling a Copperfield-esque disappearing act, the price to fill a car with gas is approaching the price of the car itself, and the gap between the rich and the poor is stretching out past the moon...

    Is this REALLY a high-priority issue? Anyone who bases their vote on this needs to get their head screwed back on straight.

    Nome, AK

    May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Larry In Houston

    Will President Obama's support of gay marriage cost him black votes ?
    Answer : NO . period. His support of gay marriage will cost him the South, mainly the states Below the mason dixon line.( But he was most likely going to lose them anyway)
    To be perfectly honest – Obama is taking a huge gamble, Jack. I remember when Clinton went for his 2nd Term in office, when he was running for re-election, he came around to the middle, and 'ol Newt held his feet to the fire, once he was re-elected, and not only Clinton came around to the middle, 'ol Newt made him govern a little bit to the right. It's not that way with Obama, Jack. Obama has kahunas as big as duck eggs, Jack. I guess he really doesn't care, and he's going to "stay the course" ( which is to have his signal light on "Left" constantly) LOL I mean, Obama Really doesn't Care, is what it sounds like to me, I swear. Here's the gamble ( in my opinion) that I think Obama is going for : (remember this number) He's going for the 18 year olds – up to the 30 year olds, that are Voters, or have an actual Voting record, if they don't turn out, then Obama is : shall I say what Mitch McConnell says :" He's a 1 Termer"
    18 to 30 Jack. 18 to 30 – if they don't care, or turn out, then Romney will be our next President.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    I think he understood that anybody and everybody should benefit good or bad from marriage. Most people will realize that it takes nothing away from most of us and gives something to others of us. I don't believe in a lot of things we do in this country – for instance, keep on keep on keep on giving to the rich and now really energetically trying to take away educational chances from public schools – some of whom there is no one but the Government and public schools to help them along. But that is another topic of discussion.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    WE are the most diverse society on the face of the earth. People vote their emotions instead of their conscience, take Congress for example, they vote to keep their jobs and please their party leaders. Since I don't happen to be black, I can't answer the question. But I won't vote for Romney and it's not because he's a Mormon.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Gary H. Boyd

    Probably not Jack, probably not. That's because they realize President Obama was pretty much forced to take a position on gay marriage following Vice President Biden's earlier pronouncement supporting it., After all, they are a team. . However, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Obama and Biden have a private discussion on how this all went down.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  21. bob z. from pa.

    how about the christian vote . i am sure they are not haoppy with this pres.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    I don't think it should cost him black votes because, I presume, blacks are gay in the same proportion as whites. We've had gay marriage here in Canada for eight or nine years and so far God has not punished us.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  23. Jerome, CA

    The short answer is yes. Many minorities, specifically Black and Hispanic, are very religious.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Floyd - California

    I don't know, but when I vote this November I will write in "None of the above".

    May 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  25. Brad, Portland, OR

    Who would they vote for instead? Mitt Romney?

    Or if they sat out the election and Mitt Romney won, do you think they'd be happier with that than if Obama was re-elected?

    You might as well have asked if Obama will get the Tea Partier votes, or will just not vote at all, because Tea Partiers aren't happy that Romney is a Mormon.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  26. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    I don't see why it should. The black vote, as you call it, Jack, probably know better than anybody what it is like to be openly discriminated against. For that reason alone, they should be good with his stand on gay marriage.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  27. Martha Brooks

    Not likely. Anyone other than a Mormon, other WASP, or a 1%-er would have to be insane to vote for Romney. It would be voting against your own interest. Not that Obama is any great shakes when it comes to the "interests" of most of us. Sometimes I despair.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    May 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  28. calaurore9

    Some yes. Others will vote for him on the 'down low'

    C. in Ma.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  29. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    I doubt it, it is a matter of civil rights. Blacks must be aware of 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, Black and White marriage. Obama is a product of that decision. On this Gay thing, see you in Court again, Supreme that is.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  30. EdfromMd

    No way, Obama is the blackest U.S. president ever, if he said he supports people marrying their pets it would not cost him black votes.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  31. Ted

    The black people will still give him 95 percent of the vote for one reason and only one reason. He will make more promises to them just to keep them on the hook. This gay marrage thing is for his hollywood friends and their money. ...By the way Jack,did you get invited to the big bash tonite at George C . pad ... LOL

    May 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  32. David, in hot and sunny Tampa

    Isn't it about time to put this odious morally repugnant form of hatred in a dirt nap where it belongs. Bible worshipers have this need to hate some group or another. Get over it guys. Homosexuality has been around a lot longer than than the Jewish scripture used to justify this brand of intolerance. Whether nature or nurture, all homosexuals come from heterosexual parents as do the mentally ill. I guess that will be the next target group of the hypocritically self-righteous.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  33. jenn

    I could not care less about Gay Marriage one way or the other-let them get married, don't let them get married, whatever. It should be up to each State. The only thing Obama should be focused on is the Economy and creating jobs-if he does not come up with a plan I-a lifelong moderate Democrat- will vote for Romney

    May 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  34. Ed from California

    I don't know, I'm not black. But, his policy regarding Afghanistan has cost him my vote. as far as the gay marriage issue.....who really cares. Get married, or don't...it's a non issue. What the issue is, is JOBS!! Mr. Boehner, "Where are the jobs"?

    May 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  35. jk in MN

    I would say the cost to him are the voters who are single issue focused voters – but they wouldn't have voted for him in the end anyway. OUr elected officials need to be focused keeping our economy strong and the citizens sfae – not on religious social agenda items. They forget the part about Separation of Church and State in the founding documents.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  36. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, I think there will be a tradeoff and the net result will be little effect in November. Religious evangelicals weren't going to vote for him anyway. He will pick up some independents, who give gay marriage a 57% approval, while adding some gay supporters who were holding off until he decided. Blacks will pretty much still support him, not just because he's the first black president, but because his policies are for minorities, the poor and the middle class.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  37. Josue

    OHHH. Now you realized that the President's decision was a courageous one and not a political decision, Mr. Cafferty. Yesterday you were blasting the President because this was a "political move." Now you are saying that this is going to alienate blacks. Latinos are Catholic and they oppose same sex marriage also. The President knew that, but obviously he went with his conviction. It this had been a policical move like you suggested, Mr. Cafferty, he would have waited after the election. Nobody tries to alienate his supporters in a election year. The President knew this was a unpopular move and he did it.Time to say it, Jack, you were wrong!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  38. David - Wash State

    Maybe, but net-net I have a feeling he'll gain votes. Not just Black votes, but from all walks. I don't have a stake in the gay-marriage issue, but I can't help feeling a flush of pride in the president's "risky" stand. And if the feeling holds come November, he'll have my vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  39. Josh from New Orleans

    African Americans will still vote for Obama because they know that Obama is looking out more for them and their issues more than Romney ever will. Gay marriage equates to equal rights which both groups support and the Republicans don't.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    No, it won't cost him black votes because they will not vote against him simply because of his status as the first black President. But, it will cost him plenty of Christian White votes and that, along with a string of unkept promises will result in his defeat in November, no doubt about it.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  41. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I can't speak for black vote but I would imagine how they have been treated by the GOP they would be inclined to vote more for Obama. I'm not saying the Republicans are prejudice. The only interest the Republicans have in anyone are they have to be wealthy. Then the Republicans would fight tooth and nail to see you do not pay your fair share. I know this won't make it on the air because it speaks ill of the Republicans.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  42. Mark in Houston

    The closer we get to November and the Republican platform is exposed as nothing more than an attempt by the wealthy to get wealthier at the expense of the rest of us I imagine the black vote will be as strong as ever.


    May 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  43. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: You can please some of the voters some of the time, but you can't please all of the voters all of the time. We will see the day of the election.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  44. Loren, Chicago

    Unlikely. If they didn't bother to find out what he stood for in 2008, what makes anyone think that black voters will suddenly wake up today? You can expect one of the worst voter turnouts in a century in November, but either way, President Obama will get his votes, because people just don't seem to notice that the emperor has no clothes.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  45. EZ

    Yes, it probably will, but two of the things many of us like about Obama is his honesty and his courage. He did what he knows in his heart is right, even tho he also knows it will cost him votes and probably the election. EQUAL rights for ALL U.S. citizens should be really easy for everybody to understand and agree with, but put religion and politics in the mix and all of a sudden doing what's right becomes very hard for many folks. Fact is, if law-abiding U.S. citizens have a right to marry who they choose, then that MUST include gays and lesbians. It is THAT simple. Good job, Mr. President!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  46. Nyabayo

    Hi Jack, I think the president has dug himself a grave. Crystal, Minnesota.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  47. Gigi Oregon

    I'm no different than the Black's against same sex marriage. I have friends, coworkers and relatives who are gay and in committed relationships. Do I like it or approve of their life style...No. Will I I publicly judge them or mistreat them, no. I'm leaving them up to God. I will not be a hindrance. I will render unto the will of the Government on that decision. I pray that God will be merciful unto me for my choice of action. Will I vote against President Obama, No. I'm conservative but I will vote for the Party that takes care of the poor, sick and disabled, elderly, orphan, widow and the stranger in our strange country. I will vote for President Obama who in spite of the Republican parties zeal to make him a one term President he...has been a person strength and compassion. Godly attributes.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  48. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    The best way to get Obama to wake up is mass Occupy Wall Street support for my presidential campaign over the next four days. Having a real liberal move to the top of Americans Elect is about the only thing that will make him wake up.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  49. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, earlier in the week you asked: how much does it matter if you like the candidate? Something tells me the black community likes Obama a bit more than Romney, regardless of his stance on gay marriage.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  50. Mr. D

    As if this country dosen't have enough problems already. Hey, let's muddy the water some more and find one more thing to disagree about. Let's continue to forget about the most important things that will determine if we will continue to be a viable country. Where's my passport?

    May 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  51. Steve, NY

    It should not cost him the black vote. They will follow him into a blazing fire if they had to. He will get 90% of the vote from blacks, 100% of the votes from the gays, 100% from illegal aliens, 60% from latinos, 90% from Hollywood, 100% from athiests, 90% from the comedians,and 100% from the welfare people. What does that tell you?? It tells you that you and I the taxpayers have to support or put up with the people mentioned. Normal people will not support him in November. That is why he's trying to get all the strays, but not the normal taxpayers. Good luck to Obama in November.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  52. C Oliver

    He will once again get the Catholic church to go against him for same sex marriages, the catholic people will be upset.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  53. Paul in NC

    Maybe Mr. Obama decided taking a stand on an issue is more important than currying favor with a particular group of voters. The upcoming election is crucial to the future direction of our country. Intelligent voters will cast their votes based on which candidate best represents their vision of the future. The other 97% will decide based on religion, prejudice, so called values, misinformation or some other dubiuos criteria. Trying to be all things to all people like Mitt Romney is not going to change anyone's mind.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  54. Jim, Denver CO

    Plain and simple, yes. Especially black male voters.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  55. Ray in Knoxville

    Let's see, Jack. On the one hand, you have a man who supports gay marriage. On the other, you have a man who represents a political party that is trying to disenfranchise blacks as a race, who is trying to undo all the civil rights gains of the 20th century and who fundamentally believe that it is the right of the white race to dominate the world. Doesn't sound like such a tough choice to me.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  56. janet - georgia

    Jack –
    Obama's thinking on many social issues idoes not reflect what most black Americans are thinking. People like Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and only God knows who else, instilled in Obama a totally different culture from the thinking of most Americans black and white. I hope it costs him votes because we can't tolerate 4 more years of his leadership. I feel sorry for black people because he has done nothing but perpetuate the welfare mentality for so many and I think it is to get votes. They deserve more.

    May 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  57. Dan C - Ft Lauderdale, FL

    President Obama unfortunately will lose black votes, and others. It is disappointing, because if civil rights in the 60's were put to a popular vote, my guess is there would be a number of states who would not have approved them-even today. Rights are rights, and as soon as the religious right realizes that this country was founded on religious freedoms(not christian values), the sooner this issue will be resolved. Remember that thing called the constitution? - all 'men' are equal?

    May 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  58. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    It may cost him some African-American votes, but it should not. He is saying that he is President of all Americans and does not approve of prejudice against any group. We are all aware of how African-Americans have had to deal with prejudice and it hard to understand they would wish this on others. In our Local newspaper, The News and Observer, over 100 ministers took out an entire page to urge citizens not to vote for such a travesty. This vote was certainley not North Carolina's "finest hour." We are shamed!

    May 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  59. gg canada

    no african americans know what the word descrimination means

    May 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  60. Lloyd George

    I don't know. it shouldnt, it does'nt matter what any politition thinks, the constitution says all men are created equal.the constitution was written to stop religious bias and inequality. if you can only marry the person chosen buy a religious bias then that law is unconstitutional in all states.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  61. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    "Evolving Opinion"!?!?! That just makes him sound more and more like the pandering chucklehead he has turned into. I guess he'll have to form a strategic committee to tell him what his opinion: should, could, would be. Just add it to the list of non-decisions he's made. The "Dope of Audacity". As a disclaimer here, I bought his hype and voted for him. Not again.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  62. Pete in Georgia

    Hard to say, Jack. He must lay awake nights wondering how to be everything to..............everyONE. No one in the history of this world spends his life "strategizing" more than the one and only Barry Barrack Obama. Beyond driven.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  63. Jenna Roseville CA

    Will President Obama's support of gay marriage cost him black votes?

    NO Jack, because if any group of people understands CIVIL RIGHTS it is the Blacks. We as a nation can NOT continue to treat Gay's as 2nd class citizens as we treated Blacks before.

    This whole issue is NOT about "marriage" it is about CIVIL RIGHTS.

    I am a 53 year old white straight woman who has been married over 30+ years. My husband who is a Republican and I have NO PROBLEM with Gay's being MARRIED and sharing in the SAME RIGHTS that we have.

    I am so PROUD of President Obama. He proved yesterday that he is the President of ALL in America, not just some.

    Once again he has EARNED my vote and even my husband is voting for him.

    Bravo Mr. President.

    Roseville CA

    May 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  64. Elizabeth From Toronto

    After only one color and sex as President for over 200 years Black people on principle should vote for Obama irrespective of his views on Gay people. Black people need to remember what it took for them to get their civil rights and how Blacks are treated even today in 2012!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  65. Cee.La

    If anyone should understand anything about full inclusion/equality its Americas black population.....so I think after the smoke clears, they will support Obama....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  66. H.R

    No it won't cost him votes. He is on everyones side no matter what the color is. Look at the alternative, someone going to take away from everyone except the very wealthy. Why would anyone vote for Willard Mitt?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  67. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    I doubt it will cost him any votes tho the tea party will hope it does.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Genevieve

    Of course it will cost him. As a registered democrat, now for sure I will not vote for the Pres. Gloria, is wrong, we know the homos are all over... but so what... but marriage is a union between a man and woman.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  69. Genevieve

    I want to hear about economy. Forget get marriage!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

    I may not agree with everything President Obama says or does. Nobody on Earth are exactly alike. That being said, as a lifelong Democrat, and the way I've seen the crazies come out of the woodwork since Palin suggested he's "palling around with terrorists," there's no way I'd vote for Romney, or any Republican for that matter. And I will not "not" vote. To many people shed their blood and tears for me to be able to vote.

    It also puzzles me why any minority or gay person would support Republicans.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  71. DaleW in MA

    African Americans are smart enough to see beyond the knee jerk anti sodomy religious bigots. This is especially true if they really look at the alternative. Since the 2008 election, the republican tea party southern bigots are making a travesty of the normally dysfunctional political process. Every person of color in the US should know that the GOP wants to put them all back on the plantation to help lower wages for their corporate masters.
    I can't understand what the fuss is from those right wing religious zealots. The law isn't forcing people to marry within their gender, it's just saying that it shouldn't be legally prevented or discriminated against.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Renee, Illinois

    Numerous pundits have pointed out that anyone who was for him before, still is; those who were against him before, still are. This isn't likely to turn anyone's vote around, it just proves he has the courage to say out loud what he really believes. Too bad Romney supporters can't say the same for their guy.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  73. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    It's possibe, but it's also puzzling. You would thik that, after all that the Black People of this country have had to put up with since their ancestors first arrived on these shores in chains–slavery, Jim Crow laws, and, especially bans on interracial marriage–that they would be all in favor of anything that would take us one step closer to the ideal of "equal justice under the law". But I'm not black, so what do I know?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  74. NurseLisa in CT

    I hope it will gain more votes than it loses in each sector of the voting public. All it takes for evil to win is for good people to stay silent. Hate, disrespect, discrimination, are not family values. If everyone wanted to protect the sanctitiy of marriage there would not be so many divorces.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  75. lynnej in nc

    Nope because there is a bigger picture at play here: The Supreme Court. The next president may have a chance to reshape that. If Mr. Romney is in the Oval Office, we know many of the gains of the past 80 years will be lost, such as Voting Rights, Affirmative Action, etc.

    Also, it isn't like the GOP-Tea Party is all welcoming to African-Americans. They and their surrogates have disrespected President Obama on every turn and not even tried to rebuke or stop that nasty rhetoric.

    If they think ugly things about the President, how do they feel about African-Americans and other minorities in general?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Jack , I don't believe that his endorsement/message of gay marriage, is going to cost him any significant number of black votes. I'm sure it might cost him close minded on that topic votes, but he is going to roll to victory this November in a landslide, carrying majorities in the House and Senate. The Obama White House is confident and that is why he chose this time announce his decision at this time. You and the main stream medias can continue to choose to report this Presidential Race as close , as to keep viewers watching you'all programing so you continue to sell advertizement. I understand that, but still have my reservations to the ethics as to it. I am thrilled that shortly after my "Amnesia" comment I watched Joe Biden use the word to make his arguement in a press conference , which was televised by at least on a major mainstream news network. Coincidence, not very likely. Far to many times for the odds in my calculations. You ask Questions, I offer solutions and give answers and someone else get the credit or the financial reward. Here is another freebee for you all in the News Medias, there has been much ado about Mrs. Romney's not working a day in her life or she was busy raising five boys, It's very hard for me to believe that the boys didn't have nannies,relatives, baby sitters and the Romneys didn't have housekeepers or servants. Take that mere deductive reasoning and put it in your hat and smoke it, maybe I catch a story on the the Romney's house hold servants tomorrow. I am wondering has Mrs. Romney ever baked a cake, cooked a dinner,etc. or has she just enjoyed the posh lifestyle of some trophy wife. Lose Black votes you gotta be kidding me.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  77. Andy A

    Maybe a few but who cares?? If I were president I wouldn't want your vote regardless of your race if you held hate towards another American for any reason. I'm sure President Obama agrees as he is doing the right thing not the popular thing.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  78. salliemalone

    I am a black voter, and Obama has mine AND my family's vote. Regardless of what his stance is on gay marriage, he recognizes that every American has individual civil, human rights, and are entitled just like everyone else.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  79. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Yeah this is THE issue we need to be concerned about. Anyway it is Obamas problem not the voter's. I do not care if the neighbor (M or F) is married to an orangatang as long as it does its business inside their lair and keeps the progeny in check. When the many bubbles burst this issue will be very low on the list of things to do or not (congress) and this is why it is news, to distract the masses from what is really going on, and it works, like negative campaign ads. But Jack, we got troubles right here in river city !

    May 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  80. Gman

    Oh come on, with all the problems in this country, the media won't let this "Gay Rights" thing go.
    Obama's support of Gay Marriage won't hurt him. Can we please move on to more important issues?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  81. Linette from TX

    I admire that Obama had the guts to speak out; that's way more than what Romney, the flipper ever does. I get a sense that Romney is just a puppet for his handlers. Kind of creepy. Obama has earned my vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  82. ron j

    I voted for the ban on gay marriage in 2004 in Ohio. I regret that vote as a black american. I can no longer call myself a man if I deny others their rights.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  83. Mr. Waxman

    I am black. Obama's open support of gay marriage has conclusively assured him to count my vote out.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  84. Lisa in Ga

    Jack, this will not cost Obama the black vote. You see blacks understand that you have to be open minded, they understand that you have to change your stance on things, Obama is a man that is very open minded – he does not see " one thing" he sees many things. I beleive that he does what is fair and right by EVERYONE... even if it means going against what he believes.... treat others are you want them to treat you...... prime example.... he knows the republicans do not hold americans best interest at heart... but he has to give them something to get enough for all of us..... the republicans don't care... they just want him out....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  85. ungerwu

    It's galling that blacks, who not so long ago were banned from marrying outside their race, now find it acceptable to discriminate against people who have suffered similar prejudice. It's unfortunate that the president will lose their votes, but it speaks to both his character and that of those voters.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  86. Ed

    I think the black community should embrace Pres. Obama's decision to address same-sex marriage. I am old enough to remember when inter-racial marriage was illegal.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  87. nate

    pres obama's beliefs are his. I plan to vote for him for his actions he's been taking to get the US back on track. Republicans have their beliefs too, especially for black voters, and they do affect us, obama's gay marriage belief does not affect me so I'll vote for him again.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  88. Elisabeth

    Maybe this will change Black voters' opinions on same-sex marriage because Obama is for it, therefore they will vote for him anyways.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  89. v

    I am a black 54 year old femailel; married 34 years; 2 adult children; work hard (worked and raised my children at the same time!). President Obama has my unequivocal support! I would rather move with the times than stay behind.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  90. Nicole in Austin

    Win or lose, he's done the right thing...he's has earned more than my vote, he's earned my respect.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  91. John J. Grimes Watertown, Ma.

    It may cost him the votes of the two dozen black Repulicans in this country but that's about it. Having said that, Iwe might ask the question, who else could they possibly vote for in November?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  92. RickFromDetroit

    The only thing that will persuade the black voters from voting for President Obama would be another black candidate on the ballot. If Harold Cain were on the ballot the outcome for black voters would be 92% for Obama & 8% for Cain, or adjusted accordingly to show 100% for the black candidates.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  93. Kelly

    Announcing that he believes in civil rights is not the reason I will not vote for President Obama. The state of the economy is reason enough alone. I am sure that makes Republicans happy that their stalemate in Congress with the help of Democrats could cost him the election. Newsflash lawmakers we don't like any of you because you keep tossing the ball.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  94. Tachea

    I may disagree with President Obama on one thing, but I disagree with Mitt Romney on Everything!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  95. renae in arkansas

    true, blacks are overwhelmingly opposed to gay marriage but we have to look at the overall picture. What we mostly don't want to see happen is a Pres. Romney as this is the worst possible scenario for us (blacks). We know beyond a shadow of doubt that his values and issues r not in tune with ours and he will not, and does not care to, stand up with or for the african american community. So, no, we all may not agree with Pres. Obama's stand, but we see the bigger picture and we agree with him most of the time. This one instance won't make that big of an impact.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  96. Dom in Cincinnati

    I am a black man, and I find it appalling that anyone who is black can have the audacity to discriminate against anyone. We endured so much to achieve rights for blacks, and in a country that people have flocked to for centuries to escape persecution I am shocked that anyone who has experienced life as a black individual has it in them to deny someone else their rights. However I do still think it will cause him to lose some votes. How hypocritical of us.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  97. Mechelle Schneider

    It is not as though the black community hasn't had prominent gays in its history: Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes. These men were not disavowed by blacks. I do not believe blacks will not support Obama over this issue. Sure, some may grumble and disagree with his position, but in the end, the President will have their support.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  98. hesswesley

    Will Mitt Romney's unwillingness to support anything cost him the white vote?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  99. turk florida

    no am black and i will still vote for obama people should have equal rights if they want to get married to same sex everybody is not religous and why shouldnt i vote for obama just because he helping people with they happiness and we the black community wouldnt dare to vote for romney everybody i know dislikes him

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  100. Jim in Michigan

    There was a time in this country when politicians would actually lead and bring public opiinion around to their point of view. Now days, polls rule and politicians put their fingers in the wind and follow public opinion rather than lealding it. Its refreshing to actually see a politician leading on an issue. This will gain Obama votes, and he deserves it!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  101. Will

    As a young African American voter, I am disgusted that African Americans are even associated with this view of gay marriage. Frankly, I'm ashamed. With a history of being subjected to discrimination, it is my belief that African Americans should be the first stand up against any denial of civil rights. President Obama's support for gay marriage won't change my vote, but as it has been stated before, this issue is generational and in my opinion regional as well.

    New Jersey

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  102. Cam in Calgary

    All Americans are increasingly coming to the realization that it is the year 2012.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  103. v

    PS. re: the amendment states separation from church and state; some folks need to re-read the constitution and stop trying to decipher for own personal objective. Written for all people.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  104. JayHaweke

    President Obama's call on the "same-sex marriage controversy, in my opinion is the right one.....it wasn't too long ago that blacks were fighting for their rights. As an African American I feel African Americans will only shoot themselves in the foot if they stay home from the voting booth in protest.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  105. Vince

    Obama will gain the votes lost by whosoever would be foolish enough to sit home and let their interests be damaged. Both from those in favor of same sex marriage who hadn't already supported him, and from the youth vote by those who weren't old enough during his first campaign. I'd know, I fall into both categories.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  106. Nano

    Anyone who supports discrimanting against the LGBT community, should not complain about discrimination wedged against themselves.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Dkincaid

    Know you people hope we will stay home, but if there area those who does, idiots they are, will get what they deserve. Stupidity

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Chana in AL

    I'm tired of everyone telling me just because I am Black and Christian that I will all of a sudden decide not to vote for Barack Obama just because he believes gays should marry. I couldn't care less! He has my full unwavering support. What am I supposed to do? Stay at home? Vote for Mitt Romney? ha ha.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  109. Palm II, MI

    As a black man I do not think it will sway the black vote at all. After the 2008 election your dealing with a race who has increased interest in a political system they once knew nothing of. WE understand the importance of keeping men like Mitt out the white house because he would do nothing to help people in lower classes. just check his history

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  110. Black Clergyperson

    Jack: As is the case on many occasions you've missed the mark. Many African American churchgoers are socially conservative; but we're not single-issue voters. No one agrees with anyone on anything. His positives FAR outweigh his negatives.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Dale Kenmore, WA

    It will cost him some votes. All this proves is that blacks do not hold a patent on Civil Rights and whites do not hold a patent on being prejudiced. Every black person who supports inequality and injustice based on prejudice against gay American citizens is a traitor to the spirit of the struggle and spits on the memory of every gay American who marched or rode with them as part of the movement for racial equality in the 1960's.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. John from Denver

    Jack, He knows he is going to lose this election over the economy – he is still trying to justify his Nobel Peace Prize, and this salves his conscience....!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  113. Snoopy*

    YES' It will cost obama a variety of votes, I fully understand obama's evolution from his 2008 & 1999 firm stance on marriage=quote marriage is between a man & woman.. As a black man among many others i planned already to stay home and this re-affirms my stance to sit home....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  114. Lonwlf

    Wow!! Thousands are unemployed, out of home and struggling and all people are talking about is this one social issue. If those blacks who voted for Obama in 2008 stay home and not vote, well they better not be the ones calling foul if Romney get's in, blame yourselves for the fallout if that happens.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  115. hesswesley

    Will Mitt Romney's unwillingness to support anything cost him the white vote? Probably not.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  116. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    Not a chance!!! This carefully and perfectly correographed stunt in which the President announced that he supports Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered marriage ahead of his campaign fund-raising event at George Clooney's house, will only generate more money for his campaign. Remember 1 in 6 people supporting this President is gay. However, whether or not the President really supports gay marriage, most Blacks, Latinos and Gays will always support him. This only proves that these Democrats have sold their souls and now are moving to the far left.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  117. Michael

    NO , If you are A.A. and don't vote for the first A.A. Pres. , The right wins, and We don't need that , just look across the pond ,to see how well they did

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  118. Jay from South Carolina

    Not that much. Most people are going to be concern with whether they have a job, are they gonna keep their job, and if they feel safer today than they did yesterday. The only people this will effect will be the people on the far left, people on the far right, and the Gay Rights Community. In which, those same people are going to ask if they are able to get a job, maintain employment voluntarily, and feel safer today then they did the day before....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  119. Riddick


    I'm a black minister that happens to agree with Pres. Obama. I'm also from the Memphis area and now living in North Carolina. I can truly say that anyone taking a stand on being against gay marriages these days should be band from speaking. Why? The bible states a lot of things and yet we black ministers/black people will hold to the bible says about being gay. So is it ok to be a liar.. Cheater.. Adulterer.. So forth and so on.. My point is we will point our fingers at other people to steer eyes away from what we as individuals ourselves are doing.! It's 2012..! The ending of SPIKE LEES SCHOOL DAZE....WAKE UP!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  120. Debbie

    I saw a black female friend today and asked her if she was voting for him and what she thought about him supporting gay marriage. She said she would not vote for him and was extremely upset about his support for gays. That says enough. I'm a white female and he makes me sick. He has no moral values and has done nothing but hurt my family. I am ashamed to say I voted for him in 2008 but will not vote for him in November.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  121. Shirley

    Really Jack,

    He will not lose any votes behind this. Americans realize times are changing and no one should be judged because of who they chose to be. I think President Obama did an awesome thing by doing this. He does not have to answer to any consequences that gay people chose to do.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  122. Mtheumer

    Not voting for Obama is a vote for Romney and NO BLACK PERSON (speaking in generalizations) is ready to do that.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  123. Gerard Johnson

    Blacks would be stupid to stay at home and not vote for Obama based on gay marriage because every black non-vote is a vote for Obama.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  124. Eric Keating

    Most blacks know that people's civil rights ought not be trampled. As this evolves the vast majority of blacks will continue to support him. He is a modern day Kennedy on civil rights and now we need a modern day Johnson to fight for the legislative agenda implied by the president's words.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  125. Joe Widere

    most of the people i've encountered are voting emotionally, and have no idea of the consequences to their fellow citizens, the pastor says "go", and off they go without a clue of the ramifications of their votes. this is one of the few times i hope for federal intervention.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  126. Daniel B. Fayetteville, NC

    I wish to remind you that Rev Barber of the NC NAACP was in full support against Amendment 1. I firmly believe that Obama's views on gay marriage will not effect the Black vote. If anything he has gained the vote of the estimated 1 in 8-10 Americans who are thought to be of the LGBT community.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  127. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Why does it all boil down to color, Jack? White, Black or Brown – those who are for Obama will vote for him. Like every other person in the USA, no matter the color, President Obama has a right to his opinion. 'nuf said.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  128. Tom Barrister

    I doubt it will cost him any overall votes, although he may get a few less from the black sector. Most who do not agree with his position will respect his right to have that view, and they'll make their decision based on the overall picture. Mr. Obama will probably gain more votes from those in favor of same-sex marriage than he'll lose from those who are against it.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  129. Mr. Decker

    Jack, The only way that Obama will lose the Black vote for Presidency, is if Herman Caine "wins the republican nomination". It's just not gona happen!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  130. Tulani Shava

    Please!!!! Black people are more proud of Obama being a black president than they are of gay rights. The simple fact that Obama is black and president is enough to make black people vote for him. Most of the black vote he got 4 years ago wasn't mostly on issues as much as it was of race. One other thing you are not looking at is he is going to get ALL the gay vote ...

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  131. Bob Woodstock NY

    I think many African-Americans will equate this situation with the early stages of the civil rights movement and, thus, have a positive outlook on the President's position. No. It won't cost him significant numbers of black votes.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  132. James

    Obama is a great president. It will take more than Gay marriage, whose time has come, for black voters to abandon the president.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Ron

    It will cost him some voters black and white....the very religious may hold themselves back but those who are forward thinkers and looking at equality as equality wont be swayed one bit This country is moving forward and it is for the better.
    Mr Romney needs to change the year on his bumper stickers from 2012 to read "1912,good times and freedom for all"

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. Kelvin Ken

    I am a black man living in Canada, and i follow everything CNN/Obama. With this decision of supporting gay marriage, i dont think he is going to win the election. If he believes the "Bible", he shouldn't allow the pressure of his position to influence his belief. Should be making decision about the economy.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. Uche

    No at all Jack, it will not affect Obama's black vote in November. The issue may be sensitive to a some Black voters but an overwhelming majority of black voters are NOT narrow-minded, moronic, single-issue voters. There are many more significant reasons for blacks to vote for Obama. Why make hay out of a non-issue?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. George Darden in Columbia, MD

    I am a "progressive" black Democrat who supported Obama in 2008 and his stance on gay marriage will not change my vote. This stance could be a problem in Ohio and NC but I think blacks will still vote for him 95% strong in VA and FL and he will sqeak out a national victory.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  137. Chris-Tx

    Come Sunday morning we will be drilled by our pastor who strongly and affectionately opposes gay-marriage. All I can say is God help us come Sunday.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  138. Ras Tafari

    You wish;with the GOP just passing a budget that, all but, eliminates government aid for the poor and folks struggling, its wishful to think black folks will stay home.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  139. Derrick, Ellensburg WA

    For a minority that has only had the right to marry who they'd like for a few decades in a region of our country where many states still allow cousins to marry, it's sad that they cannot see the hypocrisy and bigotry in their fear of something so insignificant as gay marriage. Insignificant because it will have no impact on anyones life, unless your gay. This is 100% about imposing the majorities religious dogma on others. I thought we were a free country.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  140. kinglywarrior

    There are gay black people. When the alternative is a guy in Romney who can't stand firm on anything but his ability to change views, this is a small to irrelevant issue for Obama voters.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  141. Lisa in Ga

    Jack... who came up with the law that says gays should not marry? If they based this law on something they " read" and 'believed".... this law was interpreted by someone's religion... but who's religion..... did it come from the Christian's Bible, The Book of Mormon's..... etc etc.. you get the point... laws restricting love is just wrong... we don't have to like what gays do... but we should respect it..... Good Job Obama.... so proud of you............

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  142. David

    As a Black, Democrat, Christian, and college educated professional; all i can say is may God have mercy on his soul.
    More importantly, God please bless America!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  143. Bob in Texas

    Jack, perhaps it will cost him some black votes, but he'll more than make up for it by energizing the folks that sympathize with his position. It's all been calculated already. For every gay person in America there are four or five people who support him/her. That translates to a lot of votes.

    In truth, the matter is going to be decided by the Supreme Court, not legislators. It has to do with equal protection and the right to make contracts with whomever one pleases. It's personal freedom verses traditional thinking. My bet is that Tom and Bill will have their marriage legally recognized in every state by the end of this decade.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Winfred Cross

    That depends on African American pastors. Most of them know their congregations are like sheep and do whatever they tell them. If those congregations think for themselves, probably not. It's not a religious or political issue. It's a non issue. Rights are not voted upon, they are what you have.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  145. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    I hope they will vote for the man who supports gays rather than the other guy who bullies those who are gay. Really, now, which is worse?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  146. Dorothy-KY

    The answer is no. Blacks are no more one issue voters. Than any other voters. All of a sudden media realizes there is such a thing as a black voter, no longer invisible.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  147. Lawrence

    I voted for the ban on gay marriage in 2004 in Ohio. I stand by my vote. In every state that has voted to ban gay marriage, African Americans have been instrumental in these votes. Gay marriage is against my values and most of the values in the African American community while I do believe civil unions are acceptable. I find it ironic that the President opposes reparations for black slavery but wants to openly support gay marriage. I voted for the President in 2008 but now that he stands for gay marriage, I'm considering staying home.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  148. Joseph Kraatz, Oceanside, CA

    No it will not cost him. So many black men live on the down-low because of their indoctrination by their church. When they get into the voting booth they will vote for their own liberation.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  149. Terry

    Nooooooooo!!!!!!! The majority will vote for him NO MATTER WHAT. The Race Thing, you know.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  150. hill

    To think that this will not cause Obama votes is crazy Blacks have morals just like any other ethnic groups so yes it will hurt him Blacks time and time again do not identify themselves with this lifestyle another thing stop comparing this issue to civil rights issues its not!!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  151. Victor Ukaegbu

    Yes, It will cost him even the presidency if Romney plays his card right. People of faith all over the spectrum will rather chose a Marmon with godly principles than a baptist without one.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  152. Elisabeth

    What about gay voters? There's a lot of people who are openly/not openly gay that will vote in favour of Obama, whether or not they are a part of the Black community.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  153. Natalie from Delaware

    Because I grew up in an extremely conservative black church, I know some blacks will not support him because of his support of same-sex marriage. Many religious people don't know how to think for themselves and if their ministers tell them not to support the president, they won't. Which is ironic, considering that blacks did not have the right to legally marry when they were enslaved and later could not marry outside their race. Hypocrisy at it's best.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  154. Diallo

    November 6,2012 is 6 months from now, and in poltics 6 months are like 6 centuries, By then Mitt romney will have used half of his inepuisable reserve of blunders and that's what is going to rally the majority of voters including African-Americans to Obama.Even in these moments of trouble for Obama with black voters, Romney and his team are unable to come up with any political strategy to gain momentum and start winning the hearts of so many disappointed black voters.Politics is a game and Romney doesn't possess necessary skills to play.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  155. DianeDagenaisTurbide

    No Jack! I do not think the President will lose votes because Indeed it is a bold and courageous move based on being true to one's personal and Christian beliefs. This is what people look for from our leader : authenticity in standing up for complete equality for all our citizens in our nation of law, in our democracy being one of inclusiveness and respect for the dignity of every man, woman and child.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  156. Samuel Cassell Jr

    It will affect a small amount but for the most part I feel the majority of black voters will remain resolute. We live in different times a different age, regardless of religious teachings or beliefs , Rev Joseph Lowerys comments hit the nail on the head saying; the president did the right thing, you can't believe in equal rights for some and not others, "That's an oxymoron".

    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  157. kidegapress

    Jack, whether the purpose is to get a vote or not, the country is heading to Sodom and Gomoria, and only God can come to rescue us from such situation. Cross your fingers and pray.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  158. Tim

    I do not think it will matter. The black community will not want to see the first black president to go down in frames. I don't care about gay marriage. What I care about is that this country has turned its back on the working class under this president. We care more about the silly things that what really matters to the working class. Get this gasoline crisis under control. And yes it is a crisis that this president does not seam to care about. Get government out of the way.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  159. Mike

    If there is any fairness in the media, all the people who have been calling Romney a flip-flopper for his "evolving" viewpoints will look at the Obama's recent statements regarding "evolving" viewpoints on gay marriage and, well...need I say more?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  160. Jane Crow

    Obama supported "legal partnering" which I think everyone supports. What is at issue is the religious component associated with the word "marriage". Obama does not have to share the personal views of every black citizen to secure their vote. They need only look at the alternative.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  161. bigbiggityben1

    President Obama dampened the enthusiasm of blacks when he failed to deal with the number one issue of their concern for the first two years in office; jobs. He reluctantly got blacks back on his side when it was shown that Republicans in both the House and Senate had intentionally decided to be uncooperative towards any recommendations supported by President Obama. Now, the President risks squandering the support of that powerful constituency with this shocking announcement that he supports same sex marriage. Enough is enough, maybe I will decide simply not to go to the poll, but only if the Republicans don't keep sticking their foot in their own mouths on it seems every issue.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  162. Mr H

    These polls are an insult to Black People and an insult to intelligence. The color of one's skin does not determine one's mindset. Blacks, just like any other people have differing views on anything. We are not sheep. On the subject of Obama's point of view, that's totally subjective on a person's stance on same sex marriage and whether or not it rises to the level of changing one's vote. The group of people that would more likely have a polarized view would be those that are affected. Personally I think it's ridiculous to impose your view of marriage on someone else. If memory serves, the Pledge of Allegiance states "liberty and justice for ALL"..

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  163. ravichandran

    I am appalled at the Presidents move. Would Dr King have approved of this man. Surely not. Ravi

    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  164. T-aking

    Hey jack, I am a black voter and i have been laid-off 3 times. i dont really care about Mr.obama's position on Gay issues. what i am really concerned about is JOBS,JOBS,JOBS.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  165. ohioken

    I doubt that the president's stance on gay marriage will hurt him with black voters by the time the November election comes around. Blacks in America have much more pressing issues and if they fail to vote for Obama because of his position on gay marriage I feel they are loosing their focus. What concerns me is that president Obama may be taking a page out of the Carl Rove playbook in trying to appeal to any and all special issue groups no matter what his true feelings about an issue may be. He should give this tactic a little more thought before he looses himself in the process.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  166. Curtsis McVey

    when casting a Ballot, Most Blacks vote for "Skin Color"

    May 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |

    You don't know anything about black voters. For one thing they're not called (black) anymore, they're called
    African Americans. If any of them were good enough to get out and vote in the last election they will do the
    same this year. Finally the marriage rights of gays are just as important as yours AND....THE ECONOMY!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  168. Bill McMichael

    It will cost him very few Black votes. The voter suppression, vicious program slashing and trickle down economic policies of the Republicans will motivate the Black community to vote in record numbers.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  169. Jeff

    Probably your worst most pointless question ever asked... Thought you would come up with something better.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  170. Larry from Fort Lauderdale

    I think it will cost him a small but not significant amount of black votes. But I find it sad how some people, after knowing what it's like to experience the pain of discrimination, actually turn around and discriminate against others. If this isn't the height of hypocrisy, I don't know what it.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  171. Uche N. from Chicago

    If one issue will determine who wins the election in November, it is certainly not going to be the mariage equality issue. Black people are not stupid enough to vote against their interests!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  172. Michael Kelly

    Any significant amount of votes he loses will be in red states anyway, so it won't make a difference. He'll lose a bit of popularity in blue states, but not enough to sway a significant number of votes to the Republicans.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  173. Demetrius

    Yes. Obama has now caused some Black Folks to not vote at all. Because of his stance now, some Black Folks are going to sit this election out. This is going to hurt his chances to get re-elected. What makes it so bad, Obama still believes that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. Gay Marriage does not and should not re-define. But yes, Obama took a hit with this "coming out" statement. We'll see had bad the damage is in November.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  174. kidegapress

    Jack, I hope it is for the campaign purposes and to win the White house – the country is heading to SODOM and Gomoria, let's cross our fingers and pray, because God is the only one wwho can rescue us from such political ideologies.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  175. lafleurdedieu

    Of all people, African-Americans should understand this issue of gay marriage. Interracial marriage was frowned upon not so long ago, why would they not support the right for people who truly love each other to marry. Gays having the right to marry is a civil right, the fact that this is still an issue is simply appalling, Of all groups of people in this country, it is shocking to see some African-Americans discriminate against the gay community when they were discriminated against just fifty years ago.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  176. JColes

    I am a republican and my wife is black and a democrat. She stands firm in support of Obama although she disagrees on the notion of gays getting married. The problem is she is very disgusted with Romney and doesnt believe he is a true representative of the middle class. I for one, am a bit independent as Romney is in to win this for the wrong reasons and that bothers me...I think I am independent for now but Obama's statement didnt change my wifes mind...maybe if Romney was a bot realistic in terms of understanding the middle class...there might have been an impact. Another thing she is very disgusted by the mothers day add with Ann Romney, she believes its a slap in the face of the many single mothers raising kids and working outside of the home....

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  177. Lawrence

    I am an older black man. I have been around long enough to witness the world evolve on a host of issues. In reference to your question–
    I admire the president and his conviction to stand up for this important social issue. I really don't care who an individual shares his/her heart. I am more concerned about keeping the Republican party powerless and insignificant as possible in every aspect of my life.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  178. Elizabeth Honor

    It should not matter if the President supports gay marriage. He has done more for the gay &lesbians than any other president. I want people to judge him by his actions...The president treats people in a decent manner not as "less than "or a"snob". He is running for a second term as President not as a religious leader of the U.S.A and as a black. supporter from the Caribbean Islands, he will have my vote.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  179. Carrie

    I don’t think so, personaly I like that my Pres. Have an opened mind. And we have 6 mo, to go and they will all come around to vote for him in the end.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  180. Ray, Tulsa Oklahoma

    I am a christian Black American and Back in 2008 I felt I could not vote for(endorse) the then senator Obama be because I did not know a lot about him,. and for what i did know i disagreed with him on a lot of issues. So 4 years later i have not changed my position at all, and come election day i will simply do the same thing i did 4 years ago... stay at home

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  181. D Fletch

    I am a black voter and a bible-believing Christian who fully supported the president in '08 and I am not in favor of gay marriage. However, I believe most like me will vote for him again because the gay mariage debacle was unnecessarily caused by the the efforts of the far right to deny gay couples simple rights like hospital visitation, insurance coverage and the right to speak on behalf of his or her incapacitated "partner'. The difference between black churchgoers and those on the far right is that we are compassionate and sensible, they are just ideological. I believe the president feels the same. If they have to marry to obtain those rights, so be it I guess. I wish it weren't so.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  182. Ellen Johnson

    He might lose the black vote but it won't go to Romnney.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  183. Lawrence, Cincinnati, OH

    I voted for the ban on gay marriage in 2004 in Ohio. I stand by my vote. In every state that has voted to ban gay marriage, African Americans have been instrumental in these votes. Gay marriage is against my values and most of the values in the African American community while I do believe civil unions are acceptable. I find it ironic that the President opposes reparations for black slavery but wants to openly support gay marriage. I voted for the President in 2008 but now that he stands for gay marriage, I'm considering staying home.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  184. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    I do not care if the neighbor or anyone is married to an Orangatang (probably already happened here in Ohio) and cannot spell, as long as they are good citizens and keep their offspring in check and do their business in their lair. This is a non issue for the nation, wow, big brother is really in your home !

    May 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  185. Elliott P

    I am an attorney and a mininister in Chicago, Illinois. In the short 24 hours after the President released his "new standing" on gay marriage, I have had an opportunity to speak and communicate with many of my fellow church members who are also African American. There is definately a feeling of disappointment and discomfort with what the President said. Several of the Christians who were very excited about supporting him 4 years ago, now feel that they cannot in good conscious vote for him. Yesterday in an informal discussion, two of my fellow church members were debating the President's comments. When one of the those individuals asked the other, "well, who are you going to vote for in November?", the woman who had just been asked the question responded, "I think I'll just stay home."

    May 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  186. Nikki/san diego

    No, the religious black leaders will now have to evolve the scriptures just like they did with adultery, bigotry, fornication, incestuous molestation and the other sins that Black church leaders/members are guilty of (don't forget their favorite saying is that "we have all fallen short of God's word"). I'm telling you Jack, when it comes to Blacks and Religion hypocrisy is the "sermon of the day"!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  187. Cate R, Philadelphia, PA

    Please stop calling it "gay marriage", as if it were an offshoot of marriage. As a gay person, I am looking for equal and at this time I and other LGBT citizens in this country are not. Please call it marriage equality. We really would appreciate it.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  188. marybeth, massachusetts

    I think it will cost him some black votes, particularly among the super-religious, evangelicals in the Bible belt and in the West. I also think it will gain him some votes among Independents and Libertarians, who would like to see the government get out of peoples' bedrooms.

    Odd, though, for all of Bible-thumpers who rail against homosexuals and hate them–if they took a minute to think about it, they might come to the conclusion that God creates homosexuals. Why hate something God created? Homosexuality isn't new, and I would think and hope that with all of the discrimination blacks have faced over the course of our history, from slavery to Jim Crow to the less obvious forms of discrimination still around today, that they would be more understanding and supportive of ANY group of people that face discrimination–women, other minorities, gays. Why would you wish anyone else to go through what you went through? It just doesn't make sense. And it doesn't make sense to vote for Romney because that would be a vote against all of your other interests.

    I live in Massachusetts, and we've had gay marriage for 8 years. No lightning bolts rained down from the heavens, the earth didn't open up and swallow the state because we legalized gay marriage, nor were we visited with plagues. Gay marriage has nothing to do with my marriage to my husband, nor does it have anything to do with me. Many gays have stable, long relationships and have built lives together, just like hetero married couples. They should have the same rights–for inheritance, when it comes to childrearing, other benefits (like survivor benefits, hospital visitation, having to make tough decisions re health of a spouse, health insurance, etc.). Giving gays the right to marry didn't mean there were fewer straight marriages–the state doesn't put a limit on the number of marriages allowed in a given year. I see it as a basic civil right. Not long ago blacks and whites weren't permitted to marry–anti-miscegnation laws were on the books in a lot of states, and it took the Loving case going all the way to the Supreme Court of the US in 1967 for those laws to be struck down. It is about time that the right to marry be extended to gay couples.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  189. Robin

    I think President Obama has made a huge mistake in this and yes I believe it will have an impact on the election, costing him not only black votes but white votes as well. I can only pray an Independent candidate will surface to give persons such as myself a reason to go vote. I do not support Mormon religion and I do not support gay marriage. I am a white female registered Democrat in rural Mississippi.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  190. phil o

    Im surprised at you Jack. Your talking about Obama's comment from yesterday but letting Romney off the hook when he had to admit to physically bullying a gay student as part of a group of high school students. Lets equal out the focus here, Jack. I'm starting to loose faith. Wow!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  191. Youth Pastor James from New Orleans

    No, he will not lose my vote and I feel to believe he will not lose support from the Africian Americans. I teach and preach on Love to my youths. God hates sin but loves the sinner. Everyone has the right and free will to choose. I have just one question, what is the President's personal opionion concerning his view of Jesus Christ.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  192. William Gramitt

    After the announcement promoting gay, lesbian and same-sex marriages, I will vote for anyone but him in this next election.

    I suggest that Obama resign, because his presidency is now finished. If he leaves office soon another Democrat might have a better chance of retaining the White House position against the Republicans.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  193. lafleurdedieu

    It appalls me that some of a group of people who were discriminated against so harshly for so long, and were even not permitted to marry interracially, would discriminate against the GLBT community. The right for not only heterosexual people but also gays to marry is a civil right, of which all should understand.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  194. streetdude66

    In 2000 African Amers in key districts that were considered very religious in Fl were blocked from voting in the Pres election. In 2004 African Amers in those same districts voted for Bush despite him denying their Constitutional right to vote in the previous election because Bush hyped the issue of banning gay marriage and in accordance to their religion being gay is a sin. I dont see religious African Amers voting for Romney because Romney is Bush on steroids but I do see them not going in to vote this Nov because of Obama stance on gay marriage. To them its choosing one evil over a lesser evil so why bother if both are evil?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  195. Phil

    I don't think the President's evolved decision that was thrust upon him by his Vice President won't dramatically effect the African American voting %. It should but it won't. He will probably lose many more independent voters to a much greater degree and if there ia a marginal difference and he loses the election, this decision could be considered as the one that maid the difference. But I'm still trying to figure out how he will blame this on George Bush and the republicans.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  196. DDG

    2008 I took time of to stand in line like a holiday shopper to vote for mr. Obama. At that time I thought he was the best man for the job. I will not waste time voting for him again. He keeps flip flopPing on issues such as gay marriage. As a 30 yr old African American man , I feel that he is not a reliable representative of the African American community as a whole. He needs to STAND HIS GROUND on these important issues like healthcare for example.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  197. Pastor Phil, Colorado

    What angers me is that more African American pastors, especially those with large ministries and public platforms, are not expressing public concern about the President's decision. His views are inconsistent with the views of most African American Christians, and just because they voted for him in 2008 does not mean they will show up this year. It is wrong for the Obama administration to assume that African Americans will vote race over faith!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  198. keith beatty

    I am a black that will now not vote for Obama. He said he is a Christian and should know that the Bible does't agree with his position. He could have stated that if they make the decision to be gay, he is their President and will fight for their rights as he does for all Americans.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  199. Brian from DC

    Will Obama lose some black voters because of this? Probably. Will those same black voters vote for Mitt Romney? Are you crazy!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  200. MillieBea

    No, and you shouldn't bracket that community in such a way-

    May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  201. bp

    There are PLENTY of black homosexuals and anyone who says there are not are either just plain hypocrites or have not or are unwilling to,open their eyes and/or face the truth.This comes from a NON-racist but bisexual individual who has met many and or knows of plenty bi/gay black men.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  202. DJ in Atlanta

    NO!, We (Black People) are religious, not stupid. We see the total picture and Romney is not in it. We are not going to stay at home. President Obama has our support. PERIOD!!!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  203. Michael in Baldwinsville

    Gay marriage is a tie breaker. He'll lose some votes but not that many because, in the end, those who support him. Still will, those who do not will not and so of the undecided voters, those who find Gay Marriage to be the most important of the issues besides the economy will vote for him if they support his position and against him if they do not.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  204. Larry In Houston

    Obama's words are something else – He is now "evolving" I guess he has already "evolved" LOL – I wonder how close the definitions of "evolving" or "changed my mind" or "flip flop" are Jack ? Sounds like they are pretty close to me.
    Vote – Democrat 2012

    May 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  205. Truth B. Told

    It may not cost him the election, but in the long run it will bring America further into the gutter, every Empire in history has had it's downfall for one reason or another. America is becoming more and more sexually perverted, if this trend continues. America will meet it's end, just as Sodom and Gemorah did. I predict next thing people will want to do is marry their pets, like their dogs and cats, why not, if a person should marry what they love, who is to say not?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  206. Mark Bazer

    Black vote, white vote, really, what this is all about comes down to religion. God said this, Jesus says this. i for one am an Atheist and if these religous fanatics think it's a "sin" then THEY can refrain from same sex marriage. There are many women and men who because of medical issues cannot have children. Should they not be able to marry because they're unable to procreate? We need to do what the constitution says and that is the seperation of church and state and if these folks want to marry and raise a children with the love that many are missing then how can one say no. There are many children in foster homes and orphanges that crave that love that only a parent can give whether a man or woman. I myself am not gay, but if two individuals of the same sex marry, itake religion out of the equation and this relgious folks have nother to stand on and if this folks can offer the love that too many children today are missing than I'm sure that if there is a so called God or a Jesus, then I'm sure they would certainly be very happy about it and "give their blessing. "The times they are a changing" and I think that even if people don't agree, it's time they come to terms with the fact that today this is the new norm. Hell, it's now known that even the greatest President ever, President Lincoln himself, slept with men so, should we tear down his monument and erase him from history?? He freed the slaves so many the answer to your question is that maybe the black folks of this country should think about that.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  207. Mitsananikone

    Of course it won't cost him black voters, they will vote for him despite his policies. Most don't even know what his policies are...

    May 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  208. yaa.hoo4

    Blacks vote Obama...there is no way Romney can garner those

    May 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  209. Frantz from Spring Valley, NY

    As an African American who has voted for him 08 Jack, wish he were with you in the Situation Room to read my post. Dear Mr. President Obama, most of us has no problem with gay people living their lifestyle. But, when you are now saying that you're in favor of gay marriage...that really bothers us a whole lot SIR! Some of us might stay home in November and not vote based on that SIR! Please, we are begging you to let it be up to the states.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  210. ceg10

    I'll vote for him, and I believe most of us will forgive him and vote anyway. Especially when facing the fact of having a TeaParty White House, everyone should fear, Black, White, Hispanic, Jew, Asia, MiddleEastern everyone.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  211. A Used to be a Obama Voter

    Absolutely this will cost him some black voters. For almost four years this President has run from the topic of race, missing an opportunity to call America to its higher self. Mising the opportunity of Calling on America in its hiring, firing, advancement, and economics to be inclusive. He has been mute for topics that would help one of his most loyal voting blocs, the black voter. Now he takes a bold stand for a voting block that is loyal but not as uniformlly loyal as black voters. It is like his advisros are saying black voters will be there no matter what, almost a take it for granted attitude. While the Presidnet is taking bold stands, why not take a bold economic stand for all Americans, including black voters. Waiting, waiting...........

    May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  212. Larry In Houston

    Obama's words are something else – He is now "evolving" I guess he has already "evolved" LOL – I wonder how close the definitions of "evolving" or "changed my mind" or "flip flop" are Jack ? Sounds like they are pretty close to me.
    Vote – Democrat 2012

    May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  213. jim greene

    which R will be more important Race or Religion. i say Religion

    May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  214. Don Lemon

    This president has finally shoot himself in the leg. the demon in him has been revealed ,And he lost already lost the battle.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  215. Ron

    Im sorry to say it but so many pastors in black churches treat its members as "my way or the highway" The Bible is a guide, it is up to you to interpret it. This will not hurt our President,
    By the way do you really want to see what goes on with Priests and Pastors behind closed door.... Hypocrites who preach "do as I say not as I do"

    May 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  216. Jay Leno

    Do you think African-American will now vote for Romney? Are you kidding me? He is so disconnected with African-Americans. Also, just because so many comments are labeling African-Americans as "The Blacks" is another reason why he will not lose their votes.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  217. Jessica

    In the black community church is important, but what is more important is the economic crisis that black people face. Any time the white community is struggling the black community is worse. Not voting would be the same as voting FOR Romney. Romney only concern is for the wealthy and few blacks can claim that status. So when it comes to voting Obama will be fine with black voters. Grandma may not be happy with him but she's still gonna vote for him.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  218. JoAnn Smith

    I'm a black, heterosexual, woman and support gay rights including marriage. I praise President Obama for being honest and risking votes in an election year. He is a courageous man and we are blessed to have him as President of the United States.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  219. medfordiii

    If GOP gets their way I suggest a change to the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, TWO nations under God, DIVIDED with liberty and justice for SOME (or whomever we decide based on our personal and religious views)

    May 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  220. Al

    When was the last time anyone saw Romney courting the Black vote? He does not want our vote! Does anyone believe that a Mormon will vote for Obama? A manager at Boeing once told me, "you promote people you are comfortable with".

    May 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  221. tallcasino

    It wont cost him any black votes. He already knows he has their votes no matter what. That's why he doesn't see the need to campaign in low income black areas!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  222. Walter Shmitt

    Not sure about the votes, but I'm certain both parties will use gay marriage as a distraction to keep us from addressing the real issues like permanent war, lack of health care, student loans, the economy... Thanks for being part of the problem Jack!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  223. Isaac, New York, NY

    Obama's status as a historical figure is so important, especially for the black community, that it overshadows any policy disagreement they might have with him. Trust me Jack, come November, most who disagree with him for openly supporting our gay bros and sis will come around and vote for him.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  224. Ceme

    I don't think he'll care since we're not the current political hot topic, but that being said the short answer is – Yes. Not because we're black but because of our faith and belief that marriage, as defined by God, is the union between a MAN and a WOMAN. Simple.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  225. Belleville

    I can only hope the headline and accompanying theme are for your audience participation to keep your day job. Such a notion is plain silly. The new voter registration of African-Americans across the USA the past year will surprise the turnout of 2008.

    May 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm |