Mandate For Marriage: The Coalition for African American Pastors Speaks Out

Reverend William Owens, president and founder of the Coalition for African American Pastors and members gather to announce a “Mandate for Marriage” to President Barak Obama.

Taken from Joe Newby of the Examiner:

A 1300-member coalition of African-American pastors are calling on blacks to boycott President Obama and sign a petition demanding the administration withdraw support for gay marriage, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

“The black church has always been the conscience of America, and today we are calling on black pastors and black Christians to withhold support from President Obama until he corrects course,” Rev. William Owens, president of the Memphis-based coalition, said on Friday.

The Coalition of African-American Pastors had requested a meeting last month with the administration to discuss the issue, but says it was snubbed by Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

“By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path,” Owens added. “Some things are bigger than the next election.”

“By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path,” Owens added. “Some things are bigger than the next election.”

In May, Obama announced that he was reverting to his 1996 position supporting gay marriage.

In 2004, however, he said that “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

In 2008, Obama said he supported civil unions, but opposed gay marriage, and in 2010, he said his position was “evolving.”

Even though Obama now supports gay marriage, the Washington Examiner notes that the President never suggested “he would push for a federal mandate allowing same-sex marriages to take place.”

The group also called on the African, Methodist and Episcopal Church to denounce Obama’s support of gay marriage, but Paul Bedard wrote that “seems unlikely since the AME Church Convention, which met in Nashville last week, had first lady Michelle Obama speak.”

The coalition supports African-American pastors who believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, and has started an online petition in hopes of changing Obama’s mind. That petition can be seen at

“We were once proud of President Obama,” Rev. Owens said, “but our pride has turned to shame.”


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Your Voice, Your Vote

So what do you think about this? Is Obama leading America down an immoral path? Is this the start of a war between the religious and the LGBT communities? Or do you think the president has more pressing issues to be dealing with?

He has already been at war with the religious community over healthcare and now the religious community is weighing in more and more about Obama’s “evolution” into the sanctity of marriage.

Some think the President’s “evolution” is voter driven and not genuine. Does it matter or is this politricks working for Obama?

Personally I wish he would talk only jobs, healthcare, and education. However his constant dabbling in non-pressing issues makes me wonder who does he think he is fooling? Sure the LGBT community is on board, but last I checked they needed jobs and healthcare as well.

I think this debate and his constant attacks at the religious community are not wise and I do wish Obama would just focus on the hope and change we need to sustain our families, whatever they may look like!

Peace Family,