July 31st, 2012
04:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage

Washington (CNN) – A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group’s leader is offering few specifics about the effort.

The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign “an effort to save the family.”


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  1. John

    It's too bad that, since the 1960s, Rev. Owens and his colleagues have forgotten what civil rights are. These pastors are bigots, just as the white supremacists were 50 years ago.

    July 31, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Expat American

    What is this fool talking about? Gay married people can adopt children and have families....

    July 31, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Yeah, blah blah blah...child molestation? Mark my words: this one will die with a whimper. It might let out a couple loud farts first though.

    July 31, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Obama's not to be intimidated. He has proven by sending Joe Biden in his place to speak at the NAACP ( where Mitt Romney did show up himself ) that he really is confident that he has the American black vote in the bag. A little respect wouldn't hurt, but either way he does take that group for granted.

    July 31, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. gt

    thank you and amen....

    July 31, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    “The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens, in an interview Tuesday after the launch event at the National Press Club. “I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”
    At the press conference, Owens was joined by five other black regional pastors and said there were 3,742 African-American pastors on board for the anti-Obama campaign.
    Yeah, Obama pretty much sold his soul for the campaign contributions of gay activists. But he's shown he'll do anything to get re-elected after 4 years of economic failure.

    July 31, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Brian

    I guess everyone has their issue but where is his protest on poverty, HIV in the black community and high unemployment. A family unit can be made up up of any responsible adults as long as children are appropriately cared for.

    July 31, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. American People

    The American People want to see mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years. We also want to know how many jobs he off-shored. And how much of the profits are sitting in off-shore accounts evading taxes.

    July 31, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. rat pt 01

    What is family? Answer this first before claiming to protect it

    July 31, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. sayer

    So you're going to tell your congregations to vote for Romney? Good luck with that...did you happen to catch Mitt at the NAACP?

    July 31, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "This trip was a success in the same way General Custer was successful at the Little Big Horn–Custer drew Crazy horse out of hiding. Way to go, Custer, you showed them."

    You win today's Revisionist Historian prize. Really. That's just an incredibly impressive spin to put on the wholesale slaughter and embarassment of the entirety of Custer's troop. Next thing you'll be telling us is that the economic policies of the past 40_ years have redistributed the wealth to the middle-class.

    July 31, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Pierre

    This just demonstrate that you can be black, religious, leader in your community, and bigoted. This is a regrettable demonstration of bad faith, and hypocrisy. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing new.

    July 31, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Name Notmislead

    The President only gave his opion, he did not sign anything into law. How about these black pastors put their efforts to save the black youth from dropout, gang violence and teen pregnancy. And who are they to force their beliefs on anyone.

    July 31, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. dontbow

    More power to ya.

    July 31, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "It's too bad that, since the 1960s, Rev. Owens and his colleagues have forgotten what civil rights are. These pastors are bigots, just as the white supremacists were 50 years ago."

    Indeed. It's quite typical that oppressed people turn to oppressing others when given the opportunity. Look at how it went down the line with the Italians, Polish, Germans, Irish, etc., as each group started coming more an more to America. No Irish Need Apply? It's human nature to want to step on someone else's head to elevate yourself. It's divine to resist the urge. Apparently, these pastors have their wires crossed.

    July 31, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. ian

    "Obama pretty much sold his soul for the campaign contributions of gay activists"
    What? Do you think that "gay activists" are really that much of a financial heavy weight?

    Maybe supporting gay marriage is the thing to do because fighting it is bigotry? Opposing gay marriage is as bad as opposing inter-racial marriage.

    July 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. MaryM

    That is too bad pastors. Black congregations will not vote for romney

    July 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    You can use whatever slurs make you happy, but never forget that there is one more label that applies to the gay people in this debate: American citizens.

    July 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Ken

    How does this "protect the family"?? If you don't want gay marriage – well, then, don't have one!

    And don't accept money from superpacs. That would be selling your soul.

    July 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "“I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road.”"

    I'm ashamed that my country and society hasn't gotten over this issue yet and that certain segments, even the ones you'd think would be most averse to it based on their own cultural experience, still desperately seek codification of their self-declared moral superiority in our laws. SHAME, OWENS, SHAME.

    July 31, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. SokrMom

    It's ridiculous that these black pastors are going so far as to oppose the re-election of Barrack Obama just because they disagree on gay rights. They would seriously regret it if they succeeded–of course, the rest of us will seriously regret it if Romney is elected, too.

    July 31, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Certifiably Insane for Obama - 2012 - Because We Need FOUR MORE YEARS LIKE THE LAST FOUR YEARS

    Obama can spare a few black votes. He needs the gay money far more. His campaign is going broke, just like our country. No coincidence there.

    July 31, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Larry P

    Osama Obama
    Biden BI nla DEN

    This next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin's bus tour was really canceled last year? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she's not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin isn't in this race and won't be at the RNC because too many people now know the truth.

    Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the BIGGEST cover up in world history before it disappears..

    July 31, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Namemike

    This is not a colour issue, it is a moral issue. America needs to unite under God and renew our commitment to Jesus Chist, following His standards.

    July 31, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. russell hoggard

    I salute free thought. If some factions of the black community are asking diffiicult questions about Obama..it proves that the American psyche is still vibrant and fully functioning. I say yeh America

    July 31, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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