Religious Leaders Respond To President Obamas Gay Marriage Stance

05.10.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Leaders of the nation's two largest religious denominations are expressing distress and sadness at President Obama's newly announced support for gay marriage. New York cardinal Timothy Dolan, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says the President's remarks "undermine the institution of marriage." The Reverend Bryant Wright, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, predicted voters will hold Obama accountable for what he calls a "calculated, political decision that completely ignores the Biblical foundation of marriage." In the ABC interview, the President linked his decision to his Christian faith and the Golden Rule, which he paraphrased as: "treat others the way you would want to be treated."
 
A recent gallup poll released the day before the President's pronouncement showed the country is evenly divided on the issue of homosexual marriage. About half support it, and half are opposed.