*After President Barack Obama announced his support of gay marriage, the expected outrage dwindled down quickly. His endorsement generated a new movement among traditional blacks.
According to a Washington Post-ABC survey, more African Americans now support same-sex marriage.
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Some 59 percent of blacks (who took the poll) say they support the president’s stance on gay marriage and believe it should be legalized.
In 2009, only 39 percent of the black American population supported gay marriage.
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Another poll released by Public Policy Polling also delivered similar results.
Despite the recently released research, some still believe that African Americans will generally remain traditional on this topic and will not condone gay marriage. And Obama’s “coming out,” critics say, will not dramatically alter black opinions on homosexuality.
The California Supreme Court recently said that the supporters of a ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state are legally entitled to defend the measure in court, even if the governor and attorney general won’t, the Associated Press reports.
The effect of the ruling is that the backers of Proposition 8 can now take the case to federal court and potentially to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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