Can we expect black people will vote for a black president? In 2008, President Obama won more than 90% of the black vote.
But a Sacramento pastor and leader of the largest multi-racial congregation in the state says while he’s proud of Mr. Obama, the president won’t get his vote.
Dr. Phillip Goudeaux leads Calvary Christian Center’s 20,000 worshippers.
“I accepted Christ in my life. My relationship with Him means more to me the Democratic party, Independent, Republican, black or white,” Goudeaux told FOX40.
Goudeaux has pastored here for three decades but it’s his more recent political stance that’s upset some in the black community.
His vote Tuesday won’t go America’s first black president.
“I’m going to support people who support life, marriage between man and woman, smaller government, who supports Israel,” he said.
Goudeaux feels so strongly, he’s traveled the nation to promote traditional marriage.
His outspoken views have not only drawn criticism but even death threats.
“Why don’t i have a right to speak my values without being hated on?” says Goudeaux.
Others in the black community like longtime friend and Pastor Sherwood Carthen have come to his defense.
“We’re diverse”, said Carthen. “We have thoughts of our own. And we don’t have the idea that you can put us in one box. One size does not fit all.”
Goudeaux’s views aren’t unique.
National polls show support for gay marriage among black people remains under 50 percent, indicating the community isn’t as homogenous as many think.
“They’re getting it all mixed up. I’m voting for values, my commitment to the kingdom of God,” said Goudeaux.
Experts say they expect similar voter turnout numbers from the black community this year.