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Barack Obama Tells Crowd that Homophobia is Not Christian

Ben Smith at Politico reports on a question and answer session at a Barack Obama rally in Beaumont, Texas yesterday:

Obama_2"An interesting moment came when he was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributes — race, gender, etc. — that shouldn't trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell silent. So he took a different tack: 'Now I’m a Christian, and I praise Jesus every Sunday,' he said, to a sudden wave of noisy applause and cheers. 'I hear people saying things that I don’t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian,' he said, and the crowd seemed to come along with him this time."

Adds Smith: "The moment reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a senior figure in the national gay rights movement, who noted that Obama's deference to some black Christian discomfort with homosexuality — his refusal to dump the "ex-gay" gospel singer Donnie McClurkin from a tour — angered some gays and lesbians; but conversely, that his ability to sell gay rights in the black church is unique and appealing."

UPDATE — The video:

Selling Gay Rights [politico]

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  1. On June 29 2006 the US Sup Ct. overturned the arrest of two gay Texans for homosexual conduct. Texas fought FIERCELY, the whole way. I remembering actually crying, bawling really, when I heard the decision- Justice Scalia is totally homophobic, and has said so in his decisions (our American legacy...ouch.)Never thought the case would go this way...
    Homophobia doesn't come any larger than in Texas. BO is a brave gentleman, apparently, and this is definitely tipping the scales in his favor in my mind.
    But lest we forget- the friendly faced Al Gore penned the defense of marriage act (DOMA), basically invalidating the legality of same sex marriages despite the constitution's clause that we honor in one state what was done in another.
    I would not have pegged him as someone to take LGBT rights away, but he did.

    Posted by: stanza28 | Mar 3, 2008 4:45:20 PM

  2. barack Obama is one of the bravest politicians in the world today and I hope he wins your presidency. However, it is very sad that Americans are so backward that they still let some ancient book tell them how to think instead of thinking for themselves! The Bible may say those verses about homosexuality. However, it ALSO says that we should stone people who commit adultry, not wear clothing that mixes cotton with wool, and not eat pork-- so unless every single Christian who runs around saying homosexuality is a sin is also abstaining from pork, supporting stoning to death every single adulterer, and wear only pure wool or cotton clothing AT ALL TIMES, they are hypocrites!

    Love is love is love--and love makes the world go around. How can you call yourself a Christian and be against love? Wasn't it Jesus who said, when someone asked him how people would recognise his followers, that "They will know us because of our love for everyone"???

    Posted by: carolyn | Mar 4, 2008 12:27:09 AM

  3. BTW, Obama did win Beaumont by a wide margin in yesterday's primary.

    Of course, the really big story was Hillary's lopsided wave in Southern Texas, where Hispanic voters from El Paso to Laredo turned out to support her in droves.

    However, the fact that Obama carried Beaumont so convincingly suggests that the anti-homophobic message isn't as kryptonite as some would have us believe. At least when it comes to these (mostly black) Democratic voters.

    Posted by: John | Mar 5, 2008 4:35:01 AM

  4. Obama would pander to a mongoose if he thought it could vote.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Mar 7, 2008 2:29:07 PM

  5. This is a great gay-friendly website that has thousands of gay-themed advertisements:

    Posted by: stephen | Sep 24, 2008 11:59:17 AM

  6. These are strange times. We are seriously considering electing a black man (or a woman) as President of the United States. A giant leap for this country. But we far less willing to give equal rights and equal protection to non-heterosexual citizens. We still have a long way to go.

    Posted by: gogole | May 30, 2012 10:56:49 AM

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