Since President Obama affirmed his support for gay marriage Wednesday a lot has been said about how this will affect his re-election campaign. The big question on everyone’s mind has been: how will this affect black voters who in 2008 came out to vote for Obama in record numbers.
The Root’s Cynthia Gordy posed this question to three black leaders with insight from different spectrums of the black community: a black minister; a black LGBT activist and a scholar on the African-American electorate.
Despite hysteria over Obama’s stance on gay marriage, the experts said it’s unlikely Obama will lose the African-American vote. An excerpt from Gordy’s story on The Root is below:
For African-American voters who are opposed to same-sex marriage, however, there is no evidence that it is a galvanizing issue at the polls. “There’s been a lot of unfounded conjecture that black support for the president will wane substantially, with absolutely no data to substantiate that,” Aisha Moodie-Mills, adviser for LGBT policy and racial justice at the Center for American Progress, told The Root. … “The top issues for African Americans are jobs and the economy,” said David Bositis, senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, whose scholarship focuses on black civic engagement. “In surveys on what African-American voters consider to be the most important problems in the country, which I often ask when I poll, gay marriage does not even show up.”
According to a new Pew Research Center report, since 2008 black opposition to gay marriage has dropped from 63 percent to 49 percent.