Jewish Journal

Gay marriage and Obama’s ‘shaken fist’

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 11, 2012 | 11:54 am

One of President Obama’s spiritual advisers, Joel Hunter, has “had better days” than when Obama announced Wednesday his support for gay marriage. But that’s nothing compared to how Franklin Graham felt.

A day after the state Graham calls home passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, the son of evangelical leader Billy Graham said that Obama had “shaken his fist” at God.

The Charlotte Observer reports:

“It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more,” Graham said in a prepared statement.

“This is a sad day for America. May God help us.”

This is a pretty measured and unsurprising response from Graham. Frankly, I was expecting a reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. But, as with California’s brief legalization of same-sex marriage, God is not about to smite us because gays are allowed (or might be allowed) to make a commitment recognized by the state.

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