Majority of African-Americans Support Gay Marriage

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(Originally published on 05.30.2012)

In the weeks after Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, new polls suggests there has been a shift in the minds among the African-American community. Some political experts felt Obama’s support of gay marriage would create a backlash among black voters, but a recent poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC shows 59% of blacks support gay marriage, an 18% increase since the President’s endorsement.

The National Organization for Marriage, a group who is against gay marriage, doubted the validity of the poll. Its political director Frank Schubert told The Post:

“There is not a chance in God’s green earth that African Americans support same-sex marriage,” he said, drawing from his experience organizing anti-same-sex marriage campaigns in California, Iowa, Maine and North Carolina. The president’s endorsement has likely “created a lot of angst and conflict in that community, but his opinion of same-sex marriage is not going to be changing the opinion of African Americans in a significant way.”

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you agree with President Obama, or do you agree with Schubert? Has your opinion changed recently? Will this change how you vote? Share your comments with us.

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