AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 3/23/2004 09:07:00 AM ----- BODY: The Split Widens - Senator John Kerry may soon have to issue a statement about gay marriage that will upset Andrew Sullivan if he wants to keep his chances at the presidency alive. A group of African-American clergy recently rallied against gay marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, a sign that black opposition to it continues to grow. The Democrats cannot afford to lose even a small percentage of the African-American vote. They probably won't go so far as to vote for Bush, but they may just stay home on November 2. If the quote from the gay pastor in the story is any indication how the Democrats plan to fight black opposition to gay marriage, they might reconsider their approach. The pastor dismisses the complaints of African-American pastors by saying it's "just" the "conservative" response and no matter what they say, gay marriage really is a civil-rights issue. Yup. Dismissive contempt always woos 'em. --------