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African American And Latino Clergy On Obama's Gay Marriage Support

05/14/2012 08:04 am ET

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.

African American / Latino Clergy on Gay Marriage
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