An Open Letter from a Black Pastor to Pres. Obama on Same-Sex Marriage


Eric C. Redmond is senior pastor of Reformation Alive Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Md., and is a former second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He writes in TownHall:

Dear Mr. President,

Your recent expression of your understanding of 'marriage' is troubling to us. There are no tenets that can be identified as Christian that allow for anyone to view homosexuality as acceptable. The Christian faith holds to the Bible as the truth, for it has given ample evidence of being the very words of God to man. It is the Bible that reveals marriage to be a union between a man and a woman; it is the Bible that reveals all homosexual activity to be sinful. Therefore we would reject your so-called Christian understanding of same-sex marriage as uninformed and false.

... Do not be deceived: Our votes will not come cheaply. Our mutual identity as African Americans is something we celebrate every time you laugh off the ignorance of those who question your American citizenship and when you make those long strides that have come to characterize your trek from Marine One to your home. Yet our confidence in your ability to govern the nation justly and equitably is not based solely on the contrasting ethnicities of your opponent and you. Yes, our ancestors made many sacrifices for us to have the right to vote. However, they also died while trying to stand for righteousness. So we can use the nil option in November, opting not to vote for you or the presumptive Republican nominee.

Therefore, we will not be giving you our vote this fall unless you reverse your professed position on same-sex unions. This would demonstrate to us that you are a man of wisdom who has the good interests of the American people in mind, and who has the heart of the people of faith in mind. For we are not limited to an either/or option when it comes to suffrage, but you are: Either you change your position on same-sex unions or you will not have our votes. We would rather throw our vote away than have to explain to the parents of our grandchildren how we voted for a president who sees marriage so differently.


  1. Good News
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    What a disgrace to the American black community! The first US black president ever. And what will his only legacy in the history books be? That he was the guy that introduced queer-marriages into the society. Well thanks a lot for nothing brother! America deserved a real African American as president. One with roots in America. One with less swagger and more character. One less smooth, but more real. One less smart, but oh so wiser. We have so many of them in America. Any one of them would have left a better legacy for America and for the black community. You really didn't have to treat your brothers and sisters with such lack of consideration. A disgrace.
    Thank god that the real black American will not let dishonor talk for him and his grandchildren. He will stand up and say, “sorry, can't stomach that!” And put back some grit into the black American soul.

    Thank you, the black American community, for speaking out load, in order to protect and defend all the grandchildren of America. When so few groups have the courage and character to do so. You are beautiful to watch. And an honor to America.

  2. Ash
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    God bless this reverend and the other Black faith leaders who are holding the president accountable.

    A lot of Black voters are expressing disapproval of the president's new position, some opting to stay home on election day. But I wish that Republicans would reach out to the Black community on a number of issues in addition to marriage. Not only do Republicans mirror Black Americans on social issues, but I think they have economic ideas that may appeal to Blacks as well, if they are properly explained.

    I'm ready for Black people to leave the Democratic plantation and make politicians compete for their votes. Maybe the marriage issue will be the thing that causes Blacks to question their political allegiance.

    If there is any shift in the Black vote towards Republicans, that will signal the making of a new swing community. But I would hope the shift is due to a combination of Black affirmation of conservative social principles, and acceptance of economic ones.

    Black people need to know that they have vested interests in voting out Obama. And those interests extend beyond his desire to impose ssm nationwide--though that's a serious matter in itself.

  3. Michael
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I would rather Obama be voted out because he stood for marriage equality than keep his post because he caved to pressure from preachers.

  4. Rick DeLano
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink


    You will get your wish.

  5. Carlos
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    'It is the Bible that reveals all homosexual activity to be sinful.'

    Bible also says divorce and fornicatoin is a sin but I don't see them standing against these sinners.

    The hypocrisy.

  6. John
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    And just how do you know these pastors aren't? Are you going to their churches and listening to all their sermons? Have you any proof whatsoever that they have not spoken out against any of these things? Regqardless, not "speaking out" on one wrong act does not excuse another.

  7. Carlos
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I'm sure they preach in of married couples staying together and celibacy. No doubt.

    However, I'm an avid folloer of NOM and they have never posted any articles of pastors condeming these activities or calling on govermnet to repeal divroce laws or make it a crime to have sex.

    Why do they feel so stongly about SSM and not these others. Are they not all equal sins?

  8. Dan
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    >>Yet our confidence in your ability to govern the nation justly and equitably is not based solely on the contrasting ethnicities of your opponent and you.

    Oh, so then you're saying that because Mr. Obama's opponent is of a "contrasting ethnicity" is indeed at least partly why you have no confidence in his "ability to govern the nation justly and equitably", huh? So much so, in fact, that you must "use the nil option in November"? Mr. Redmond, you're supposed to be *opposed* to ethnic bias, remember?

    >>Why do they (NOM) feel so stongly about SSM and not these others.

    NOM itself is solely about marriage, "not these others". Hence the name "National Organization For Marriage".

  9. GZeus
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    If it wasn't for a previous Presidents leadership against the "tradition" of slavery, this pastor would be picking cotton. Obama is to be applauded for furthering equality for all of America's citizens.

  10. Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Obama is responsible for more Americans having to depend on govt. handouts since the great Depression. The President has done zero for equality, and much to reduce our collective standard of living, while robbing the future of all our grandchildren in staggering debt. He's enslaved our future.