Obama and Gay Marriage

The Atlantic

Ironically the reason Obama is opposed to marriage equality isn’t because of gay rights it is because of race. Imagine if a white president had been in favour of segregation because white folks wanted it. Obama would never have been President, he’d still be picking cotton. If anyone should understand about discrimination it should be a black president.

Public opinion on gay marriage is pretty straightforward. There’s a huge generational divide — with older voters solidly opposed, and younger voters solidly supportive. Over time, support for gay marriage should increase. And if Obama came out in support of gay marriage, he would probably excite and inspire many college-aged Democrats to show up at the polls and support him — not to mention winning back some socially-moderate independents who have been disenchanted with the president over the economy.

But college-aged voters are only part of the president’s coalition. The bigger element consists of African-American voters, who are solidly opposed to gay marriage. California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage passed in 2008 thanks to overwhelming black support; 70 percent backed it, according to exit polls. Recent gay marriage legislation in Maryland drew opposition from leading Democratic African-American legislators in the state. The same ministers organizing get-out-the-vote efforts in black churches for Obama are also railing against gay marriage.

Obama can’t afford to even risk losing the deep enthusiasm black voters have towards him. They gave Obama a whopping 95 percent of the vote against John McCain last year and turned out at historic levels. He should get similar levels of support this year, but with the down economy disproportionately affecting the black community, he’s not at all assured that they’ll turn out at the same level as 2008. Backing gay marriage would virtually guarantee that some would stay home — perhaps enough to tip the balance in states like Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ohio.

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