In 2008 Obama won the presidency partly due to the votes and energy of the college-age crowd, a majority of which favor same-gender marriage. But Obama will also need the black vote to win this year’s race and most African Americans oppose segregating genders in marriage.
Executive director of National Journal Hotline, Josh Kraushaar explains why Obama doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Not because Obama worries about “upsetting conservatives. It’s that he can’t afford to lose black voters who overwhelmingly oppose it.”
The Atlantic reports:
“For those wanting to understand why the political deliberation over gay marriage is such a sensitive subject for this White House, look no further than the fact that it splits the two core constituencies that make up President Obama's base: college-aged voters and African-Americans.
. . . 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.
It's as much about politics as principle.”