African-Americans Support Obama’s Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Allison Samuels

The Daily Beast

Published: Friday, May 11 2012 12:34 p.m. MDT

Obama's new stance on same-sex marriage may be very different than their own traditional viewpoint, however, many African-Americans are taking a moment to reexamine their opinions and are giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Annie May Johnson grew up next to the tobacco field her parents worked in Lillington, North Carolina. At 75 years old, Johnson long held the belief that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman, no matter the times. Thats what her parents taught her years ago, and its what the good Rev. Mosley preached each Sunday morning at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church during her childhood.

I always saw marriage as a man and a woman being together for a lifetime, says Annie May Johnson, on the phone from her North Carolina home. Thats all I ever saw growing up, and that is all my parents saw in their day. But when Obama said he now was in favor of it, I thought maybe Ive been too pigheaded about this thing for too long.

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