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Don't Blame Blacks for Obama's Reticence on Same-Sex Marriage

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Washington Post
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May 10, 2012

There are a number of theories as to why President Barack Obama won’t let his words match his deeds with regard to same-sex marriage. But the one I find most irksome is the one that says he’s afraid of political backlash from African Americans. Not content to trust my own cultural instincts, I went to someone who has direct knowledge. Asked what would happen to Obama’s black support if he were to come out in favor of marriage equality, the Rev. Al Sharpton gave me a one-word answer, “Nothing!”