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Black leaders organize for gay marriage ban

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September

Could this be what puts the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage over the top?

Yes2Marriage.org, the group pushing the amendment, says African-American leaders and pastors from across the Tampa Bay area will make a "major announcement" at 12:30 p.m. news conference today at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa. "The press event will feature local leaders and special national guests," a flier reads.

A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll shows 58 percent of overall voters approve the proposal to define marriage as between a man and woman, just short of the required 60 percent. Support among African-Americans is even higher, 65 percent, reflecting more conservative views toward homosexuality.

Heavy black voter turnout expected for Barack Obama has already worried gay marriage advocates in California and this new push in Tampa will surely add Florida to the list.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:50am]

    

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