Advocates for faith outreach say that view is short-sighted, endangering the party and the president's re-election chances.
Keri B. Thompson, who specializes in political communication and teaches at Boston's Emerson College, had started volunteering for Obama when he ran for U.S. Senate from Illinois. In an interview after the White House briefing, Thompson said she was "thrilled" by the president's endorsement of gay marriage. But the day of Obama's statement, watching her Facebook page explode with comments, she said she saw some reservations amid the celebrating.
"There are some people in the religious community who are unsure," Thompson said. "I think they need to be brought to the table."
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