Obama Breaks His Gay Silence

Barack Obama took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with The Advocate‘s Kerry Eleveld.

In this exclusive conversation, the presidential senator attempts to clear up any and all confusion about Donnie McClurkin, his anti-gay ally.

In the interview, the Democrat admits that he and his staff didn’t properly review McClurkin’s past, but points out that the controversial “ex-gay” reverend isn’t a spokesman for the campaign, but only part of a larger event. Obama also points out that this McClurkin drama has no bearing on his pro-gay politics. What’s more, he’s dedicated to bridging the divide between religious and gay communities:

Part of the reason that we have had a faith outreach in our campaigns is precisely because I don’t think the LGBT community or the Democratic Party is served by being hermetically sealed from the faith community and not in dialogue with a substantial portion of the electorate, even though we may disagree with them.

Part of what I have done in my campaign and in my career is be willing to go to churches and talk to ministers and tell them exactly what I think. And go straight at some of these issues of homophobia that exist in the church in a way that no other candidate has done.

Obama also asks that gay people judge him by his policies, not the company he keeps. So, reader, are you feeling Obama’s explanations or still flustered by his gay balancing act?