Obviously we are doing our best to cover and report on the groundswell of black pastors speaking up for marriage. Here are a few more we missed:
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.
The Orlando Sentinel: "I'm opposed to same-sex marriage. I don't find any support for it in the Bible," said the Rev. Willie Barnes, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville. "I wish he had never made that statement."
USA Today: "...he planned to focus directly on the topic in next week's sermon. "President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the black church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage," McKissic said."
Kansas City Star: "This is not a gay issue but a moral issue," said the Rev. C.L. Bachus, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. "We know that biblically we are bound to disapprove of same-sex relationships, along with other behaviors that are considered sin."
WAPT 16 News: "16 WAPT found several pastors in Mississippi who spoke out against the president in their sermons last weekend. Pastor Dwayne Pickett's Sunday sermon at New Jerusalem Church centered around the issue of same-sex marriage."
BET: "[Pastor Jamal Bryant]: "My response was shock and disappointment. And what many clergy are trying to discern is that is this a decision made out of political expediency or moral conviction? The timeliness of this whole matter does not makes sense given what has happened in North Carolina. So my question is, is he exchanging one minority for another? It has been speculated that the president is taking the Black vote for granted, so did he think he could do this without any losses from his Black supporters? The president has not been able to find one credible Black pastor of note to stand with him on this issue. That’s saying something."