Obama sparks debate with support of gay marriage

Gay rights advocates cheered Obama’s declaration, which they had long urged him to make.

But for Obama supporter the Rev. Ronnie K. Moore, whose large Baptist congregation in Jackson does not support gay marriage, the president’s revelation is “troubling.”

“It makes for much prayer. It caught a lot of us off guard,” said Moore, pastor of the 1,100-member Stronger Hope Baptist Church.

Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Franks has never supported gay marriage. “But this president has created jobs,” Franks said.

“When the president took office, the economy was in shambles. Now jobs are being created every day, unemployment is down, productivity is up and we still have General Motors.”

Clarion Ledger