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African Americans, Amendment 2 and Obama



Democratic consultant Pamela Burch Fort talked about her concern about Amendment 2 on Tuesday and what impact it could have on other political races -- especially among African Americans, who tend to support efforts that target same-sex marriage.

Buzz wondered if the Amendment 2 poses a quandary for evangelicals and Christian groups. Should such groups reach out to African Americans on Amendment 2, when such a campaign could also push bigger turnout among a constituency that has heavily supported Sen. Barack Obama, who is now the presumed Democratic nominee?

Dennis Baxley, head of the Florida Christian Coalition, said the ballot initiative is his group's major priority, and they're not going to worry about how Amendment 2 impacts other races, even the presidential race. In fact, they've already started reaching out to African American churches.

"This issue is one that crosses race, party, culture, it's a corner-stone issue and I think it rises above in people's minds," Baxley said. "Our opponents will largely make this a debate about benefits, because they don't want to have the discussion about gay marriage, because that's what this is about."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:22am]


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