CNN Belief Blog

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington(CNN) — Addressing his large, mostly black congregation on Sunday morning, the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith did not mince words about where he stood on President Barack Obama’s newly announced support for same-sex marriage: The church is against it, he said, prompting shouts of “Amen!” from the pews.

And yet Smith hardly issued a full condemnation of the president.

“We may disagree with our president on this one issue,” Smith said from the pulpit of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. “But we will keep him lifted up in prayer. … Pray for President Barack Obama.”

And Smith said there were much bigger challenges facing the black community — “larger challenges that we have to struggle with” — bringing his full congregation to its feet, with many more amens.

Days after Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, pastors across the…

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