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I remember reading a diary about this topic in the late morning.  I didn't make much of it because it had no link and it claimed that Hillary Clinton was attempting to smear Obama.  After I got back home from work, I decided to google: Obama, Gavin Newsom.  And as plain as the nose on my face, I read that Obama refused to have his picture taken with San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom because the good mayor was in favor of gay marriage:

"I think he has harbored this resentment for years," Brown said of Newsom, adding that Obama was reluctant to be seen appearing in San Francisco altogether, much less side by side with the gay-marriage mayor. "I would guess that is part of the rejection of the Obama campaign."

Unfortunately for the Illinois Senator, this isn't the first time he has raised doubts about his support to the gay community:

Obama doesn't want to give anyone the impression that he's on the down-low:

OBAMA: Tavis, Tavis, Tavis, I just got to make clear -- I got tested with Michelle. (Laughter, applause.)SMILEY: Ah.

OBAMA: In -- when we were in Kenya in Africa. So I don't want any confusion here about what's going on. (Applause continues.)

SMILEY: All right.

BIDEN: And I got tested to save my life, because I had 13 pints of blood transfusion.

OBAMA: I was tested with my wife.

SMILEY: And I'm sure Michelle appreciates you clarifying it.

OBAMA: In public. (Laughter.)

Don't forget about "ex-gay" Donnie McClurkin:

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights organization, urged Mr. Obama in a phone call yesterday to cancel the appearance of the singer, Donnie McClurkin, who is to sing Sunday night in a gospel concert in Columbia, S.C.

Critics say that Mr. McClurkin counsels that homosexuality is a curse that can be cured through prayer, although in an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Mr. McClurkin said that his words had been misconstrued and that he had not crusaded against gay men and lesbians.

Here's more:

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, who has supported Bush previously but will campaign for Sen. Obama, runs a ministry that is all about the ex-gay thing.

If that isn't bad enough, Donnie Ex-gay McClurkin bashed gays AT AN OBAMA CAMPAIGN EVENT! (via AmericaBlog)!

The whole controversy might have been forgotten in the swell of gospel sound except Mr. McClurkin turned the final half hour of the three-hour concert into a revival meeting about the lightning rod he has become for the Obama campaign.

He approached the subject gingerly at first. Then, just when the concert had seemed to reach its pitch and about to end, Mr. McClurkin returned to it with a full-blown plea: "Don’t call me a bigot or anti-gay when I have suffered the same feelings," he cried.

"God delivered me from homosexuality," he added. He then told the audience to believe the Bible over the blogs: "God is the only way." The crowd sang and clapped along in full support....

Mr. McClurkin’s support for Mr. Obama could signal to some black evangelical voters that race and religion are more important than Mr. Obama’s support for gay rights.

Obama is turning the page, unfortunately when it comes to gays, he's going back to the first page.

Originally posted to jtorres138 on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 01:41 PM PST.

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