Obama Is Best Bet for Gays, Bishop Says

Obama Is Best Bet for Gays, Bishop Says

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Aug. 3, 2007 – When it comes to presidential picks, Sen. Barack Obama is the best bet for gays – at least that's what the first openly gay Episcopal bishop is saying.

On Thursday, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson told reporters that he, as an individual, is throwing his support behind the Democratic lawmaker.

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''Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues,'' he said in a conference. ''That being said, I would say the senator has been enormously supportive of our issues. We appreciate his support for civil unions,'' adding that Obama is the kind of change America needs.

It isn’t clear whether the endorsement will prove a boost or a bust to the senator’s campaign.

When Robinson was elected as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, many saw him as nothing short of the devil for cause a potential split in the massive worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is part. His supporters, on the other hand, lauded him as a champion of civil rights.

Unlike many Democratic candidates in the past the Obama campaign has actively sought out religious groups. In New Hampshire, Obama volunteers organized discussions around the state about the interplay of faith and activism.

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Written by BET-Staff


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