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. MrsJohnson

    Hooray for common sense! Hopefully they won't cave.

    July 31, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Frank

    This pastor makes a righteous stand for true Christian beliefs. All the shouting, wishing and intimidation in the world can not natural that which is not. Opposition to gay marriage does not mean that one is "anti-gay". It means that the definition of marriage is an absolute and cannot be changed for the sake of not offending a particular group.

    July 31, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. skip

    Okay what did i miss? The black preachers are against gay marriage! But Obama is pro abortion. When 95percent (or more) of black christians vote for obama they had no problem. Let's just pick and choose a sin!!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. justavoter

    There is nothing stopping somebody from being gay in America. I do not understand why gays have to shove their gayness in our faces all the time. When gays think they require special rights they discriminate against every man, woman and child. Single women or men don't have special rights because they are single so why should gays? If gays do not like America they can always move to another country. No one is holding them here against their will.

    July 31, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Diane

    It's refreshing to see someone standing behind his beliefs. Good for these pastors. Their church doctrine does not support gay marriage, therefore they cannot support gay marriage. Truth be told, Obama doesn't support gay marriage, either-he never did until it got close to election time and that became the politically correct thing for him to endorse. I guarantee you, in his own mind, he does not support it. He is a sham president and anyone who voted for him should be embarrassed at how they were duped. All he's done is cause rifts and divisions. If his mouth is moving, he's lying. What a shame because so many of us had such high hopes for him. I'm totally disappointed in him (and I AM a registered Democrat, as has been all my family for many years). He will NOT get my vote this time! I'd sooner vote for Putin-pretty much the same thing.

    July 31, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. GuyinVA

    If the president keeps this up he'll plummet to 95% support in the African-American community. Yep, he better not take the
    he African-American vote for granted.

    July 31, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Chris

    Why is skin color even an issue??? So so tired of that crap.....They look like Americans to me...

    July 31, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. raylen

    these pastors are just a bunch of racist for not agreeing with the President, uh oops

    July 31, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. M.P.

    Why can't people just be allowed to be happy if they are not "literally" hurting anyone?

    July 31, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. NameSheri

    I think the greater issue for black pastors is the fact that 75% of black babies are born out if wedlock and will remain at or below poverty level. Where is judgement about personal responsibility? I agree marriage is between a man and woman. And I have alot of dear friends who are gay.

    July 31, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. dfobare

    Rev. Williams Owens speaks truth to power.

    July 31, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. JimBob

    Son in law is black...he wasn't voting for President Obama this time, he didn't the last time and President Obama's support of gay marriage was icing on the cake and a reason to try harder to persuade his family to not vote for President Obama. I suspect there will be a lot of black Americans who will just stay home on election day. By the way, I live in NC and two of my coworkers, who happen to be black, had a heated discussion with another person about this issue...they voted for the NC law that marriage is between a man and a woman...just say'in.

    July 31, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Bill

    One CEO of a fast food restaurant expresses his opinions based on his religious upbringing an he is crucified in the media and threatened with sanctions that harm his business. Now we have these black pastors and a vast majority of the black population that feel the same way. But what do you hear about this in the media? The pastors also stood up to show their disapproval when Obama first announced his "evolution" from the CEO's own viewpoint, that he shared just a few months ago. Again, barely a peep out of the press. I know it's getting old, harping on the liberal media, but they keep getting more blatant and unapologetic, to the point of absurdity. This is America, and people have their rights to their own beliefs, and tolerance of others is a two-way street, not just being tolerant of people who believe the way you do.

    July 31, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Tevaul

    Obama is officially screwed lol

    July 31, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Ken

    "Marriage is between one man and one woman." GOD

    July 31, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. silence

    I wonder how many liberal protesters will be outside of these guys churches? My guess, none.

    July 31, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. lmcb

    Thank GOD these men have the courage to stand for what they beleive and know is true, some have sugested that they have altierer motives but they are held by a higher standerard and if they are doing it out of personal motives they will be ansewring to god for that, but if what they are saying is correct according to the word of God then why have do some have villify them for simply stating the obvios that prezy obama dose not have the same values just like mayor rahm told us

    July 31, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. jschmidt

    The Dems are getting so desperate they'll probably replace Biden, maybe with Hillary, at the convention. That maybe the on;y way they got Clinton to speak. Of course it won't make a differance. By the election, the economy will be in a worse mess, Obama won't be able to be dog catcher. Of course, may they could do a Putin/Mevded. Hillary takes the first spot Obama, VP and Obama could call the shots for 4 years, and then switch to be Prez again. An Obama/Clinton dynasty. Then after 4 more they could switch again and run. Just think what lousy shape the economy would be after 8 more years of Clinton/Obama, Obama/Clinton.

    July 31, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. lmcb

    Thank GOD these men have the courage to stand for what they beleive and know is true, some have sugested that they have altierer motives but they are held by a higher standerard and if they are doing it out of personal motives they will be ansewring to god for that, but if what they are saying is correct according to the word of God then why have do some have villify them for simply stating the obvios that obama dose not have the same values just like mayor rahm told us

    July 31, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Shrugged

    Thank you for your moral stand. It must have been a tough decision . . . and may be a tough road to follow, but you have earned my respect - NOT because you oppose Obama's stance on gay marriage, but because you set aside race affiliation to do what you think is right.

    July 31, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Floyd DaBarber

    Ha ha. All theforelock tugging on here by liberals and leeches who feed for free from the public torugh. Very entertaining. The gravy train is about to derail, people,and your Der Leader is hugging the cow catcher.

    /One term and out. Thank God..

    July 31, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Romney or bust (literally)

    Voting for someone just because they are black is just as racist as the hick who refuses to vote for someone because they are black.

    July 31, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. herdzcatz

    Way to go, pastors. Don't let anyone bully you out of your convictions!

    July 31, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Marc

    Black churches have always gotten always gotten away with political involvements because they were in the Democrat plantation. These pastors are veering off the plantations and will now experience the wrath of the left's IRS connections.

    July 31, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. herdzcatz

    Hi Sniffit, In response to your response to "America needs to unite under God and renew our commitment to Jesus Chist, following His standards." You replied, "Please point to where it says that in the First Amendment." Very astute. The First Amendment merely acknowledges the individual the right to say what they said. It gives you the right to verbally disagree. Love the First Amendment! Let's defend it!

    July 31, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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