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President Barack Obama's new view on gay marriage doesn't seem to faze black voters

BY ERRIN HAINES AND JESSE WASHINGTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITERS

ARDMORE, Pa. -- Like many black Americans, Dorsey Jackson does not believe in gay marriage, but he wasn't disillusioned when Barack Obama became the first president to support it. The windows of his suburban Philadelphia barbershop still display an "Obama 2012" placard and another that reads "We've Got His Back."

If Obama needs to endorse same-sex marriage to be re-elected, said Jackson, so be it: "Look, man - by any means necessary."

With that phrase popularized by the black radical Malcolm X, Jackson rebutted those who say Obama's new stand will weaken the massive black support he needs to win re-election in November. Black voters and especially black churches have long opposed gay marriage. But the 40-year-old barber and other African-Americans interviewed in politically key states say their support for Obama remains unshaken.

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Black voters support Obama because he is a black. There is nothing Obama could do to lose their support. Unlike white voters, black voters would never consider voting for a candidate running against one their own. It's racism plain and simple.

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