(Donnie McClurkin, left)
Truth Wins Out responded today to a statement released by Sen. Barack Obama’ campaign, which condemned “homophobia”, but made no mention of cutting ties with homophobic “ex-gay” singer Donnie McClurkin, who is scheduled to appear in a South Carolina gospel tour promoting Obama’ campaign. Truth Wins Out contacted the Obama campaign for further comment, but they have yet to respond. Last night, the Obama campaign placed the following statement on its website:
“I have clearly stated my belief that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts of our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country.
I strongly believe that African Americans and the LGBT community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin’s views and will continue to fight for these rights as President of the United States to ensure that America is a country that spreads tolerance instead of division.”
While Truth Wins Out is grateful that Obama reiterated his support for equal rights, the group believes that Obama should have reinforced his talking points by canceling the appearance of McClurkin. Offering a platform to a man who refers to homosexuality as a “curse” sends the wrong message and is inconsistent with the inclusive theme of the Obama campaign.
“Obama’ statement was inadequate and we are disappointed that he failed to sever ties with Donnie McClurkin. We strongly encourage Obama to do the right thing and demonstrate real leadership on this issue,” said Truth Wins Out’ Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Obama is missing a real opportunity to educate Americans and send a strong message that anti-gay rhetoric is repulsive and unacceptable.”