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Pastor: Obama follows Rev. Wright on gay marriage

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Did the Rev. Jeremiah Wright influence President Obama's decision to support gay marriage? A prominent black Baptist pastor told MSNBC that Wright has presided over homosexual "commitment ceremonies" in his pastoral career.

"It seemed to me, from way back then, that he was leaning in this direction and others," Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Washington D.C., said to explain why he -- though a Democrat -- did not vote for Obama in 2008. "Jeremiah Wright is known to have performed commitment ceremonies for gays and lesbians awhile back," he said.

"Marriage is foundational to the culture," Jackson added.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews said that legalizing gay marriage won't undermine marriage or culture. "I hope you evolve," Matthews told Jackson, in an allusion to Obama's statement in 2008 that he was "evolving" on his opposition to gay marriage.

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