Obama Gospel Tour Angers Gay Constituency

The Obama campaign has organized a gospel concert tour in the South to draw in black voters, but some gay rights group are steaming about the inclusion of a gospel singer whom they say is outrightly homophobic.

Donnie McClurkin, a well-known gospel act, has frequently said he believes homosexuality is wrong, though he admitted to struggling with “homosexual demons” for over 20 years.

Obama later issued a statement claiming that while he is honored McClurkin will perform, he seriously disagrees with his views on homosexuality.

But many people, from gay rights groups to bloggers, are saying Obama has made a serious misstep. Read reactions below:

National Black Justice Coalition “NBJC Responds to Obama/Donnie McClurkin Gay Gospel Controversy”

The Carpetbagger Report “Obama Adds Gay Minister to Gospel Concert”

You Decide 2008 “Barack Obama Alienating Gays and Christians”

Keith Boykin “Barack Obama and the Gay Issue”

New York Times “Gay Rights Group Criticize Obama”

Human Rights Campaign statement on Obama’s South Carolina tour

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