THE PASTOR DONNIE MCCLURKIN
McClurkin is a virulent, “ex-gay” preacher who condemns gay and lesbian people to hell. He told the Washington Post that he’s in “a war against the curse of homosexuality.” Moreover, he is the poster boy for the African-American “ex-gay” movement, claiming he was a homosexual, but was “cured” by religion.
McClurkin is one of three gospel acts performed on Obama’s “Embrace The Change” tour in South Carolina. The three-stop tour was meant to shore up Obama’s position with black voters before South Carolina’s primary. Despite heated protests from LGBT groups, Obama refused to remove McClurkin from performing repeatedly in the tour.
New Hampshire State Rep. Mo Baxley said “In this circumstance, Obama’s actions speak louder than his words and we can not support a candidate that harmed the LGBT community in South Carolina in his quest to become president.”
Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said: “There is no gospel in Donnie McClurkin’s message for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. That’s a message that certainly doesn’t belong on any presidential candidate’s stage.”