By finally taking the controversial stance, which won’t go over well in the black community, he’s clearly counting on African-American voters remaining loyal to him this election out of racial pride and a habit of voting Democrat.
But he may have miscalculated.
Gay marriage is highly unpopular among black voters — and he’ll need every one of them to beat presumptive GOP foe Mitt Romney.
A new Gallup poll shows that 55% of blacks oppose sanctioning gay unions vs. 48% of Americans overall.
And they are at odds with the president in a key Southern battleground state he’s gone all out to keep in his win column. Propelled by black voters and evangelicals, North Carolinians on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ban on gay marriages.
Majority black counties in North Carolina that had strongly backed Obama in 2008 just as strongly supported the state amendment to ban gay marriage.