Obama’s Stance Fires Christian Right

    Phil Burress, director of Citizens for Community Values, speaks to more than 500 pastors and religious leaders, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, in Mason, Ohio. It was the first of six meetings scheduled to discuss religion's role in politics. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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    The most critical pushback against President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage may come as churchgoing Americans attend services Sunday. Pastors in key election states are preparing to inveigh against the president’s newly announced stance, with some saying that it’s given them new reason to favor Republican candidate Mitt Romney. “We are going to make this our key issue: the attack on marriage,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values. While conservative Christians still largely oppose increased rights for gay Americans, Republican pollsters note that support among GOP-ers is growing.

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