May 18, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
CNN ran countless segments over the weekend capturing the opinions of black clergy and their parishioners on both sides, and Michael Eric Dyson broke into an impassioned monologue on MSNBC challenging black pastors and a few of his media colleagues to "stop using their Bibles to co-sign bigotry."
The ripple effect of Obama's evolution also moved beyond the black church into uncharted territory, such as the massively influential hip hop, film, and sports arenas. Celebrities like Jay-Z, Will Smith, T.I., and Floyd Mayweather were inspired to join the president and vocalize their support for marriage equality.
This is huge: Straight black men are publicly endorsing same-sex marriage. Now if that doesn't signify a seismic shift in the black community, I don't know what does...
In fact, we're already seeing movement. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week found that 54 percent of blacks support the president's stance. It also shows an uptick in support for marriage equality among blacks by about 13 percent since last year, suggesting that, for some, allegiance to Obama may have prompted a rethink on the issue itself.