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Will black Christians stay home on Election Day?

The church and the family are vital African-American institutions. Are Obama's policies undermining their support for him?

Has Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage undermined his support among black churches?

When he announced his new support for homosexual marriage, a number of black pastors and Christian leaders were caught off guard – and even embarrassed. On the one hand, they supported the first black president, but on the other hand could not endorse his flip-flop on what they consider one of the most important moral issues of our day — an issue that threatens the very foundations of the traditional family.

Black churches are perhaps the strongest supporters of African-American families

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Some leaders remained silent. Others took issue with Obama’s startling switch and stated that they could not vote for a president who endorsed a view that they believe is contrary to God’s Word. Some expressed disappointment and shock in the President who previously claimed that he believed marriage was a “sacred union” between a man and a woman.

On the other hand, the new pastor at Obama’s home church in Chicago, Trinity United Church of Christ, the Rev. Otis Moss III, wrote a public letter expressing his view that black churches should still support the president in the November election – no matter how they feel on moral and scriptural issues. He released a video of himself reading that letter – accusing other black clergy of hiding “from true dialogue with quick dismissive claims devised from poor biblical scholarship.”

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