Black pastors worry that their church members will stay home on Election Day

“I love all homosexual brothers and sisters, but my discipline says I can’t marry them,” said Bishop John Adams, an African Methodist Episcopal minister and former chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches. “Same-sex marriages are not being approved by the Christian community because it is a contradiction of creation. The species continues by the procreation of male and female.”

The nine denominations of the conference, which reach 10 million people, all oppose gay marriage, said the Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson, the group’s chairman.

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,” observed CNN’s Jack Cafferty. “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 percent of black voters are still against it. That compares to 43% of whites.”

This opposition from blacks could hurt the president — particularly in the South, noted Cafferty. “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.

“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.”

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