President Barack Obama didn’t earn any Holy points with America’s leading religious leaders yesterday when he announced via a pre-recorded interview with ABCs Robin Roberts that he supports gay marriage.
NewsOne got some reactions, gathered by our sister site Elev8, from pastors and religious leaders expressing their disappointment in Obama’s decision.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton is the only high-profile Black religious leader to come out and support Obama’s announcement. But the vast majority of Black pastors who run some of America’s largest churches are not happy with the President at all.
Here are some reactions from Black pastors and other religious leaders.
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in MD, said “I think the president has been in this place for awhile and that he chose this time because he thought that it might shift the balance of power. The timing made me suspect the motives were political, coming out of the North Carolina victory for the traditional marriage groups and maybe have people kind of rally behind this pro same-sex marriage cause.”
Albert Mohler said, “Pres. Obama’s evolution ends. He publicly supports same-sex marriage (again). Even his friends knew his “evolving” position was dishonest. Why did Pres. Obama make his same-sex marriage statement now? Wash. Post. reports that 1 in 6 of his most generous fundraisers is openly gay.”