A group of black pastors have came out to condemn gay marriage, saying its incorrect to compare the fight for equal marriage rights to the civil rights movement.
The Thomas More Law Center filed an amicus brief in Michigan’s gay marriage trial Wednesday on behalf of 110 black pastors from Detroit. Michigan’s ban on gay marriage was overturned in March by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, but the ruling was put on hold as the case is considered by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The coalition calls for the reversal of Friedman’s decision.
“The fact that American media or other factions erroneously characterize the traditional meaning of ‘marriage’ as being on par with the civil rights deprivations of Black Americans does not make it so,” the brief states. “Comparing the dilemmas of same-sex couples to the centuries of discrimination faced by Black Americans is a distortion of our country’s cultural and legal history.”
“A person’s sexuality and sexual preferences, however, are not their state of being, or even an immutable aspect of who they are, as race is,” it reads. “The truth of the matter is that it is merely activity in which they engage. The state has no responsibility to promote any person’s sexual proclivities, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise.”
Black spoke out at a rally at the First Baptist World Changers International Church in Detroit. Rev. Stacey Swimp of Flint said gay marriage would “destroy the backbone of our society,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Another pastor said religious leaders who support homosexuality are “the enemy of God.”