Mar 04, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
Nuanced response from religious blacks on gay marriage issue
"I think he's showing leadership here, and the leadership will certainly be shown in the (black) community," said Cornell Belcher, a pollster who advised Obama in 2008. "In the community, he's not simply a political leader for black and brown audiences, he's a cultural leader. It's something larger. So he gives (gay rights) a platform that it would have not tended to have."