The NBC News website reports today (August 1, 2012) that a group of African-American pastors say that President Barack Obama's backing of gay marriage may cost him the election due to weakening support among black voters.
"He has not done a smart thing and it might cost him the election," Rev. William Owens -- head of the Coalition of African-American Pastors -- said during a prerss conference yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "There are more people that want marriage to be right than there are homosexuals," he added.
Although Owens declared that "we are not Democrats, we are not Republicans, this is not a political party," he criticized the president for not denouncing gay marriage.
Owens said the press conference was held to promote the group's Mandate for Marriage, a pledge to support marriage between one man and one woman -- what Owens says will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their support of the president.