- The editor of the local Carolinas queer publication Q-Notes, Matt Comer, is saying that the Obama campaign lied to him about what McClurkin would be doing at the rally this Sunday:
In my role as a member of the media, I was able to speak to the Senator’s Columbia press spokesman before the concert took place. I was told, “McClurkin is there to sing and offer praise, not to talk about politics.”
Knowing now that McClurkin did much more than just sing and offer praise, I am upset. I am angry. [...]
While Mr. McClurkin’s views are certainly tame when compared to other ex-gay leaders’ and activists’ teachings, I am still hurt that he would abuse the platform he was given during the concert, a platform that was offered for him to sing and to offer praise only.
A part of me says that there was no way Mr. McClurkin could have been controlled once a microphone was in his hand. However, another part of me says that if he had indeed been told very plainly the parameters of what he could and couldn’t do on stage, then cutting his microphone should have been neither a difficult decision by those running the event, nor should it have come as a surprise to Mr. McClurkin.
A lot more after the jump.