Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
In May, Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. Will this controversial move erode Obama’s popularity within the black community? This question has emerged several times since Obama’s endorsement, and is likely to surface again before the election. In this week’s post for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones gives three reasons why Obama’s position on same-sex marriage will not hurt him among black Americans, who remain one of the President’s most loyal constituencies:
Three findings signal that efforts leverage this issue to galvanize the black community against Obama are unlikely to be unsuccessful: continued overwhelming support for Obama among black voters, the fact that same-sex marriage is a very low-priority issue for black Americans, and—the most direct evidence at all—most black Americans who are aware of Obama’s support for same-sex marriage also approve of his position.