Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a Pentecostal Holiness Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership, has officially spoken out against President Obama’s decision to legalize same-s*x marriage.
First, let’s address the obvious; President Obama is, among other things, a strategist. It comes as no surprise to me that he has “suddenly” had a change of heart regarding same-s*x marriage and has now decided to support and legalize it. We can not, at this time, assume that he even supports same-s*x marriage because he is in an election year and is bound to, like most politicians, say what he thinks the majority want to hear. To me, legalizing same-s*x marriage looks like a strategy; nothing more, nothing less.
COGIC’s stance on same s*x marriage is about as surprising as seeing a dog bark. What remains to be seen is whether or not Black people will be as bold as COGIC standing up against gay marriage or as bold as Obama when he stands up for Gay marriage…or young illegal immigrants.
Black people need to stop looking at Obama as a “Black” president and just look at him as a candidate who either deserves their vote or not. It is important to take Obama’s “Black” off the table because, clearly, it makes people’s ability to clearly examine him and his policies more difficult.
Obama will stand up for young illegal immigrants and the Gay community but has thus far not made any bold moves to solve any of the Black community’s glaring issues. It is June and the elections are five months away so he may just surprise us in the next few months. The question, though, is: if he doesn’t, does that make him better or worse than Romney? That is the only question that needs to be answered.
Nomalanga helps Black Women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s blog at successfulblackwoman.com