Supporters of same-sex marriage launched their television campaign today with a pair of commercials that feature African-American pastors.
The ads are designed to counter an organized push by black churches to preach opposition to same-sex marriage from the pulpit this month. Both sides are wooing black voters this year; they made up about 25 percent of the electorate in 2008, and are expected to come out in similar numbers for this year's election.
The Rev. Donte Hickman Sr. of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore stars in one ad, and the other features Rev. Dr. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County. Both ministers have previously said they would not perform same-sex weddings in their sanctuaries but believe others should be allowed to do so.