UPDATE: Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central has more on how this story developed over the day.
Here’s what Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese, head of the nation’s largest gay lobby, had to say about Donnie McClurkin, the bigot hosting an Obama fundraising concert.
“I spoke with Sen. Barack Obama today and expressed to him our community’s disappointment for his decision to continue to remain associated with Rev. McClurkin, an anti-gay preacher who states the need to ‘break the curse of homosexuality.’ There is no gospel in Donnie McClurkin’s message for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. That’s a message that certainly doesn’t belong on any Presidential candidate’s stage.”
“I did thank him for announcing he would be adding an openly gay minister as part of the tour and for his willingness to call on religious leaders to open a dialogue about homophobia. We hope that Sen. Obama will move forward and facilitate face to face meetings with religious leaders, like Rev. McClurkin, and the GLBT community to confront the issue of homophobia.”
“We also call on all of the Presidential campaigns to look within their ranks of supporters and make the same commitment to engage in a dialogue among differing views around issues of equality and fairness for our community.”
Now the ball is back in Obama’s court. Does he agree with HRC that bigots like McClurkin don’t belong on any presidential candidate’s stage, or is Obama going to continue embracing a man who thinks gays are “trying to kill our children”?