African-American Christians waver over 2012 vote
(AP) – Some black clergy see no good choice between a Mormon candidate for president and one who supports gay marriage. The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May.
As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood.
Romney has pledged to uphold conservative positions on social issues, including opposing abortion and gay marriage. But many black pastors worry about his Mormon beliefs. Christians generally do not see Mormonism as part of historic Christianity, although Mormons do.
In 2008, Obama won 95 percent of black voters and any loss of votes could tip the election to Romney in a close race.