NYC Pastor-Delegate Fears Marriage Plank Will Defeat Democrats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A Latino delegate to the Democratic National Convention says he fears that support for same-sex marriage by President Barack Obama and the party's platform could spell defeat in November.

New York City Councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera says other ministers who head minority churches have told him that their congregants who normally vote Democratic feel morally conflicted and may sit out this election.

Cabrera says he loves the Democratic Party and considers it the party of the poor and middle class. But he notes that ballot issues in more than 30 states -- including the convention host, North Carolina -- have shown that the majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage.

The Democratic platform supports gay marriage and calls for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, but says government should let churches "decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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