Black pastors condemn Obama's gay marriage support

A group of black pastors gathered in Memphis to call for President Barack Obama to rescind his view that the gay marriages are a civil right that should be protected.

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of black pastors gathered in Memphis to call for President Barack Obama to rescind his view that the gay marriages are a civil right that should be protected.

Some members of the black clergy have taken offense to the fact that the fight for homosexual rights has been compared to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Thirteen pastors met on Thursday to address the comparison between black civil rights and homosexual civil rights.

Rev. William Owens, founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said he's offended by the comparison.

Obama publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage earlier this month. Members of the group said they have not yet decided whether they will support Obama in the general election in November.


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