In response to an uproar from gay activists, Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign on Wednesday added a gay minister to the lineup for its weekend gospel tour.
Gay activists had criticized Obama’s “Embrace the Change” tour in South Carolina because the performers included gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, who says homosexuality is a choice.
Obama’s campaign invited Rev. Andy Sidden, a South Carolina pastor who is openly gay, to appear on Sunday in Columbia.
Human Rights Campaign celebrated Sidden’s addition, but president Joe Solmonese told Obama that he’d like to see McClurkin ousted entirely:
“There is no gospel in Donnie McClurkin’s message for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies.” We agree – and you’ll find out why soon enough.