Obama Silent on Gay Marriage Because He Fears Black Backlash?
One writer says not to worry
President Obama has remained mum on the subject of same-sex marriage despite his Vice President Joe Biden publicly announcing that he himself is "comfortable" with it.
Many are left wondering if the POTUS has refrained from taking sides because he fears he'll face backlash from Blacks and lose their vote but, according to the Washington Post, even Reverend Al Sharpton believes "Nothing!" will happen with Obama's black support if he comes out in favor of marriage equality.
Sharpton, himself, told Post writer Jonathan Capehart of his own experience of publicly supporting same-sex marriage during his 2004 campaign for president: “I was preaching in black churches and didn’t have one cancellation because of it."
According to 2008 exit polls, Black voters in California gave 90 percent of their ballots to Obama, showing how much he was favored - this in spite of 58 percent of those same voters saying "yes" to Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Overall, Obama won 96 percent of the African American vote in 2008.