July 31st, 2012
04:29 PM ET
2 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. aka08

    Tell all of them to KMA. Some of these pastors are gay themselves with gays in the congregation, choir and governing body of the church. Before they go and judge they probably need to read the Bible. That may help.

    July 31, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Jason Guy

    I see it as a campaign to block or stop creating families. I have known gay couples that have raised children, which are straight, and well mannered, educated and would have never had the opportunity if it wasn't for the gay couples that raised them or adopted them... Blacks marrying whites was a LAW forbidding it based on religious and man beliefs. Alabama didn't remove the law of the books officially until 2000. Hmm, what's the difference there pastor? And I'm a gay Christian.. I belive in a personal relationship with Christ, NOT your building (Church)

    July 31, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. An african american Pastor

    I have to agree. These ministers are Bigots.The very fact that you would vote for Romney, who is not a Christian puzzles me. They need to be reminded that the Morman church one believed that blacks were not going to heaven.

    July 31, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Bill

    Good, vote for Romney then.

    July 31, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    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?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Did you catch Barack Obama at the NAACP? Nope. Couldn't make it. He was probably busy with something important.
    ( Spanish lessons? After all, it is election an election year. )

    July 31, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Romney is not My Hero

    He's just now coming out with his campaign... Why didn't he come out with this right after the annoucement from our President? Is this a PAID for effort to distract from Mr. Plastic's recent failures abroad? The timing is very suspect.

    OBAMA 2012!!!

    July 31, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Jason Young Guy

    I see it as a campaign to block or stop creating families. I have known gay couples that have raised children, which are straight, and well mannered, educated and would have never had the opportunity if it wasn't for the gay couples that raised them or adopted them... Blacks marrying whites was a LAW forbidding it based on religious and man beliefs. Alabama didn't remove the law of the books officially until 2000. Hmm, what's the difference there pastor? And I'm a gay Christian.. I belive in a personal relationship with Christ, NOT your building (Church)

    July 31, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. stars

    Mr. is a fake pastor where were you when the so call pastor Eddie long was molesting young boys you said nothing. You should be trying to help the black men find jobs but no that to much like right. Most of the time when one of these pastors try to condem someone about this they are gay themselves. let god do the judging Obama 2012.

    July 31, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Jason Young Guy

    I see it as a campaign to block or stop creating families. I have known gay couples that have raised children, which are straight, and well mannered, educated and would have never had the opportunity if it wasn't for the gay couples that raised them or adopted them... Blacks marrying whites was a LAW forbidding it based on religious and man beliefs. Alabama didn't remove the law of the books officially until 2000. Hmm, what's the difference there pastor? And I'm a gay Christian.. I believe in a personal relationship with Christ, NOT your building (Church)

    July 31, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. FormerCalifornian

    It's a shame. Gays fought alongside Afriicam-Americans thru the whole civil rights movement, now some supposed Christians are turning their back on their supporters and siding with their enemies who would put them back to 1950's (or earlier!) status of they could.

    What are black voters other choice? Mitt whose church didn't allow blacks to become leaders until very recently? Does this pastor really think Mitt would be better for them?

    They are the ones who are anti-family. And as far as the Biblical version of marriage, check out Soloman, David and a few others. Many wives, many concubines. Marriage has always evolved and in today's world it's needs to evolve more. It's the ignorant ones who try to keep us back.

    I doubt many black voters will listen to this bigot.

    July 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Benita

    I am so sick of pastors and whoever thinking they can tell anyone who to vote for because they are black. Enough already, people need to vote for whoever they want and not allow any pastor to tell you who to vote for. Half of them probably being paid by the other party members anyways. Half of the pastors have their own skeletons in the closet and always judging others. Research both candidates past and present and vote for the person you like PERIOD!!!

    July 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Cory

    I bet if we made a law saying gay people had to in the back of the bus the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors wouldn't be quite so quick to encourage discrimination. Maybe the gays should go work the cotton fields for a couple hundred years, then maybe the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors will feel they earned the right to get married.

    July 31, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Cory

    had to sit*

    July 31, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Jduff

    Slamming gays and talking about equal rights in the same minute. Only a pastor...

    July 31, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Me IN HOUSTON

    "Black pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage"
    yeah...whatever, just remember that the alternative is Mitt The Twit Romney.
    besides, if these pastors are as effective as they are in the Black Community, we have nothing to worry about

    July 31, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. the truthist

    Right, but they forgive murderers and STRAIGHT child molesters OR look the other way and blame tv for little girls making things up about Elder Mitchell touching them inappropriately. SO the binary family unit is sacred as long as the genders are opposite. so the guy can cheat, the woman can lie, they can beat the sh1t out of their kids and FAMILY is what they are worries about saving!?! LAUGHING OUT LOUD. LOUD all the way to the polls to vote for OBAMA to spite the BIGOTS. i dont even like politics but i refuse to live in a country KNOWINGLY and VOCALLY run by bigoted MEN who are probably closeted themselves

    July 31, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. LivinginVA

    If they are really interested in preserving the family, they ought to be spending more time and money preaching against out-of-wedlock births.

    July 31, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. American

    It takes a man and woman to produce a child. If every one decided to marry only within their gender, there would be no more children. The fruit of a union of love is life, ... same gender never produces any fruit or life. Only death with disease.

    July 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Kiss

    But it's ok for a black pastor to tell his flock to vote for a black man because they are black. Who is racist? sounds like obama supporters are.

    July 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Imagine how difficult it was for blacks to get their civil rights, and this little group wants to deny others. Wow, just wow.

    July 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. California

    THE BIG QUESTION: Can or will the democrats play their pathetic race card on this one???

    July 31, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Alger Dave

    Good to hear that some black folks can get around the almost all-encompassing group-think of the african american community. It blows me away how anyone can vote for a guy who supports a practice that has decimated their own community – abortion has killed nearly 1 out of every 3 black kids in this country. So, it's too bad that it's taken this gay marriage thing to rally the few free thinkers out there, because abortion should have years ago. The black community is very religious and otherwise quite conservative, so it's time to start thinking outside the democratic box.

    July 31, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Obama is a criminal

    Everyone is seeing what happens when you try to pander to everyone. Quite pathetic you must admit.

    July 31, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Jduff

    And why do churches always side up on election years? Why all the politics? Isn't that what Jesus was against in the first place?

    July 31, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. kayla

    hah, they couldn't even vote at one time.

    July 31, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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