Are African-Americans "Evolving" on Same-Sex Marriage?

Friday, May 11, 2012

President Obama’s endorsement for gay marriage was a landmark moment for the nation, but African-Americans have historically been against the issue. Is that about to change?

Rev. Delman Coates discusses ideologic and moral "evolution" of gay marriage in the African-American community. He is a pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George County, Maryland, and was among just a handful of African-American preachers in the state to support a bill this past February legalizing gay marriage.


Reverend Delman Coates

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

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Mar. 06 2013 10:47 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Many African-Americans, and rightfully so, get very angry when a comparison is drawn between rights for African-Americans and homosexual rghts as civil rights movements.

Can one believe Mayor Bloomberg who goes to North Carolina and tells them that they voted the wrong way? If nothing else, isn't that called tactless?

May. 14 2012 06:07 AM

Can you imagine same sex marriage being legitimized in islam? Each man will be allowed to marry 4 men, and those four men will be allowed to marry four others, and those will be allowed to branch out and marry their own four.

May. 11 2012 04:24 PM

I was on the fence leaning toward Obama. Now I'm leaning the other way. Too bad there isn't a way to vote for each issue.

May. 11 2012 09:28 AM

Rev. Delman Coates made a key statement during his discussion with Celeste Headlee this morning. We live in a plural society. We accept more than one idea and while it may offend people to see two men or women marry, that should not outweigh the rights of those two people.

I'm sure that personally, President Obama has supported Same-sex marriage far longer than he would let on. How unfortunate it is that our leaders cannot be human beings - always living under the gun of opportunistic strategics from the other side?

May. 11 2012 07:22 AM
Joe from South Carolina

Jamal in South Carolina left a comment via voice message for The Takeaway saying that he is a black Christian who will no longer support the President due to his stance. Yet, it is not beyond distant memory that we here in S. Carolina finally lifted a codified ban on interracial marriage. How far we've come that my neighbor can marry outside his race. That is certainly within my value system, Jamal.

May. 11 2012 07:15 AM
Ed from Larchmont

On the one hand it seems clear that President Obama believes in same-sex marriage. On the other hand, it seems clear that his supporters put a lot of pressure on him to take this or a similar step. So in addition to being directed by Planned Parenthood, he's also directed by the powerful and wealthy homosexual lobby.

May. 11 2012 06:06 AM

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