August 8, 2004


Issue helps Bush with blacks: Churchgoers taking second look due to his stance on gay marriage (JEFF DIAMANT, 8/08/04, Newark Star-ledger)

Four years ago, President Bush wouldn't have found many friends in the pews of Mount Airy Church of God in Christ.

Now, a growing number of churchgoing blacks are giving his candidacy a second thought and will be crucial votes in battleground states such as Pennsylvania as Bush tries to win re-election.

The Republican president finds himself in the unlikely position of winning more black votes because black Americans oppose same-sex marriage proportionally more than most Americans.

An America divided by faith rather than race is a Democrat's nightmare.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2004 9:00 AM

Why "unlikely"?

Posted by: David Cohen at August 8, 2004 9:59 AM

"Unlikely" because, according to media conventional wisdom 1) blacks aren't supposed to vote Republican, and 2) same-sex marriage is supposed to be a bad issue for Republicans.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 8, 2004 2:18 PM

Agree PapayaSF. And I think Missouri showed that same sex marriage may be a problem for the Dems, not the GOP.

Posted by: AWW at August 8, 2004 9:18 PM

In a perfect world, it should be possible to convince more people of good will in the Black community that the same set of values that opposes gay marriage motivates other Republican agenda items. Education is the next one that comes to mind.

Posted by: Dave Sheridan at August 8, 2004 11:14 PM

And abortion.

Posted by: Sandy P at August 9, 2004 12:35 PM