Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage triggered a storm of reactions from LGBT, religious and political leaders.

Many Jewish groups including the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism came out in support of Obama, as did a number of Christian groups.

But not everyone was happy. Joel Hunter, one of the President's spiritual advisors, expressed disappointment about Obama's decision. Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that Obama's remarks were "deeply saddening."

A number of African American and Latino clergy have come out strongly in support of Obama's statement. While groups like National Organization for Marriage emphasize divisions between the black and gay communities, it is often overlooked that many identify as both African-American or Latino and LGBT.

Support for marriage equality among African American and Latino groups has increased over the past few years. A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found that a majority of Latino Catholics and a third of black Protestants support marriage equality.

Read statements below by African-American and Latino/a religious leaders who have come out in support of marriage equality.

Rev. Candy Holmes
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As an African American woman, who is clergy, lesbian, and married to a woman who is the love of my life, I am deeply moved by President Obama's declaration of support for same-sex marriage. The humanity and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are too often dismissed because of who we are and who we love. President Obama's statement calls our nation to stand up against this kind of discrimination and shows clearly that equality and fairness are the rights of every American. His courage to speak out for marriage equality and his resolve to be true to his personal convictions inspire hope in me and many. Though I know there is much work yet to do to bring about the reality of full equality, I am encouraged and can see freedom dawning on the horizon.

Rev. Candy Holmes is an African American Marylander who is lesbian. She is a reverend with the Metropolitan Community Church.