May 14, 2012
President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage isn't sitting well with many evangelical pastors, according to CBN News. Pastor Allen McFarland of Portsmouth, Va., said he had already addressed the issue with his congregation. "I voted for Obama because I wanted to see an African-American president," McFarland said. "I couldn't vote for the last person, the Republican. He didn't hold my views and I thought Obama did. But hearing what he said [about gay marriage], I was very concerned, and I shared with the congregation that we have a problem as to who to vote for." Pastor Charles Bagi of Chesapeake, Va., said Obama's endorsement of gay marriage did not bode well for the nation. "No nation, empire, kingdom has ever lasted as a world power if it let the bonds of marriage fall, openly acknowledge and allow the practice of homosexuality ... not only that but the other perversions that will follow it." The Rev. Franklin Graham has also denounced Obama's position, saying Obama has "shaken his fist" at God.