Video: Coalition of African American Pastors Hold Press Conference Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage


Rev. Bill Owens led a group of pastors this week in Washington, DC condemning the President's decision to endorse same-sex marriage:


  1. Michael Ejercito
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    There is nothing homophobic about defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The understanding of marriage as a union of man and woman precedes the concept of sexual orientation. Compare John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government, Sec. 77-78 (1690) (The first society was between man and wife… Conjugal society is made by a voluntary compact between man and woman), and Joel Prentiss Bishop, Commentaries on the Law of Marriage
    & Divorce § 225 (1st ed. 1852) ("Marriage between two persons of one sex could have no validity, as none of the ends of matrimony could be accomplished thereby. It has always, therefore, been deemed requisite to the entire validity of every marriage . . . that the
    parties should be of different sex.”), quoted in Defendant Sally Howe Smith’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support With Consolidated Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Bishop v. United States, 04-CV-848-TCK-TLW (N.D. Okla.), at 18, with e.g., J. Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality 10 (1995); J. D’Emilio & E. Freedman, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America 121 (2d ed. 1997) (“ The modern terms homosexuality and heterosexuality do not apply to an era that had not yet articulated these distinctions”), cited in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 at 568-569 (2003)

  2. Posted August 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    The president is against us, The government is against us, The media is against us, But God is with us, and that is all we need.

  3. ms broker
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I want NOM to send this to me as a separate e-mail so I can forward it to my extensive church e-mail list. I often talk to people about what is going on and they know nothing about it because the mainstream liberal press won't report on it. The Daily News had the nerve to write a teeny, tiny column on the Chik Fil A story by saying it involved Neo-Nazi's! I have always said that this fight has to be waged by the men of God. Obama knows that he cannot publicly insult the Black pastors and for them to now go up against him is a stinging indictment. Good for them and my prayers are with the pastors in this fight of good versus evil.

  4. Good News
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    :-) :-) :-)

    P.S.: :-)

  5. Donna
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I am so impressed with this coalition of African American pastors. Thank you for standing up for faith and for God! You will come under a lot of heat for this. God bless you in your efforts. Yes this is more than just politics. This is a moral issue.

  6. Wayne
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I stand with Dr. Owens and the Coalition of Black Pastors as I am also a Black Pastor.

  7. Gio
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Mr. Owens has his priorities all wrong b/c he is trying to attack gay marriage when there are so many problems within the black communities he needs to address first. I think he is very resentful & jealous that lesbians & gays have contributed so much to this country by opening small businesses, and being a highly educated workforce in the major cities. Mr. Owens can continue misusing his bible to condemn gays or whoever else he decides that bothers him, but at the end of the day he is a bitter pastor who was not able to fix the multiple & chronic social, educational, medical, and mental health problems that have plagued the black communities since the sixties.

  8. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Remarkably misguided post there, Geo. Libs have been destroying the black family for decades. On that point you are correct. Most of these attacks have been a bit more subtle, but redefining marriage makes no attempt to hide the fact that it's the final nail in the marriage coffin. It screams that marriage is now a meaningless institution.

    Your delusions of grandeur notwithstanding, Rev. Owens and the Coalition of African American Pastors will be the group that signs President Spendthrift's walking papers.

  9. Ash
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink


    "...but at the end of the day he is a bitter pastor who was not able to fix the multiple & chronic social, educational, medical, and mental health problems that have plagued the black communities since the sixties."

    All problems directly or indirectly resulting from the breakdown of marriage in the Black community. So he's right to focus on the vitality and definition of marriage.

    Furthermore, as Barb noted, it's liberals who have championed the destruction of the Black family. They cry "racism" every time someone brings attention to its unraveling. And it's liberal, Black elites who support ssm, while spurning any discussion of how the breakdown of marriage is harming the Black community.

    This pastor is a hero. The NAACP, in trying to appease a special interest group, has its priorities all wrong. There are more pressing issues in the Black community that require attention, and for which their endorsement of ssm does no good.

    No one is jealous of gay people. There is nothing to be jealous of. It sounds like you're saying that Black pastors are jealous of White gays because they contribute more to broken Black communities than the pastors do, by virtue of being disproportionately more educated, wealthier, and more inclined towards entrepreneurship--that gay people contribute more to the professional workforce than Black pastors, and Black people in general.

    Gays are more educated and wealthy than Americans as a whole, but it doesn't seem plausible to me that this advantage has been used to help broken Black communities; nor is it plausible that gays help Black communities more than inner city Black churches, which often run drug abuse programs, homeless assistance groups,etc. Thus I'm not seeing where jealousy would come into it. Pastors face no competition from White gays in helping to repair broken, Black, inner-city neighborhoods.

    But keep helping NOM drive that wedge. :) I'd like to see how this elitist and false argument helps your side to win Black votes!

  10. Thom
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    "Libs have been destroying the black family for decades."

    Barb - Please explain how libs have been destroying the black family for decades. Can you provide some valid examples?