Black pastors condemn Obama's equation of marriage redefinition with civil rights

The leader of a coalition of African-American clergy has called President Obama's equation of gay "marriage" with civil rights "a disgrace to the black community."

"I marched with many people back in those days and I have reached out to some of my friends who marched with me, and all of them are shocked,” said the Rev. William Owens of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP). “They never thought they would see this day that gay rights would be equated with civil rights. Not one agreed with this comparison.”

“President Obama didn’t march,” Owens said. “He has benefited from those of us who did march, but for President Obama to say we marched so that gays would have the right to marry today, is a disgrace and a lie.”

The traditional rationale for giving marriage a special legal status is its role in the bearing and raising of children. The nature of heterosexual behavior promotes this, and thus only heterosexual couples have been allowed to marry. But the sexual revolution's divorce of sex from commitment and child-bearing, together with a tendancy in recent years to see marriage more as an affectional arrangement between two people than as the foundation of the family, has blurred the rationale of marriage and allowed gay and lesbian rights advocates to suggest that there is no qualitative difference between their relationships and heterosexual ones. The rarity of monogamy among long-term male gay couples and the instability of lesbian relationships raise additional questions concerning the impact of same-sex "marriage" on the institution of marriage itself.

But ignoring these issues and suppressing attempts to debate them, liberal opinion-makers consistently equate the movement for gay "marriage" with the movement for civil, legal and social equality for African-Americans with whites. But nobody questions the equality of gay and lesbian persons; the issue is the equivalence of their relationships with heterosexual relationships in terms of their value to society. and the impact of redefining marriage on the institution itself.

The NAACP, President Obama, and the Left generally have begged the real issues by making this false equation, even manipulating the debate through the introduction of the term "marriage equality" when marriage redefinition is the real issue. The liberal media have cooperated. The result is that only one side of this "debate" is allowed to be heard.

Not surprisingly, a plurality of highly-propagandized American public has changed its views on same-sex "marriage" in recent years. Despite the propaganda of the social Left, however, the nation remains almost evenly divided on the question- something one would never guess from the Leftist-dominated popular culture.

The revisionist coup is expected to have its ultimate success later this summer, when a highly-propagandized Supreme Court is expected to overrule two thousand years of precedent and the entire history of the legal basis and rationale for marriage by forbidding states to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples.