Black Pastors Campaign Against Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

Thursday, October 18, 2012

President Obama has a wide base of support among African Americans, but a group of conservative black pastors are coming out in opposition to Barack Obama in response to his endorsement of gay marriage. Reverend Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Maryland, is not one of them.

The group has started a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to re-think their support for Barack Obama. However, the group's leader does not offer a detailed description about the effort.  

The group's leader Rev. William Owens has called the campaign, "An effort to save the family." 

At a press conference in July which launched the campaign, Rev. William Owens said, "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. I am ashamed that the first black president chose this road, a disgraceful road." 

The reverend was accompanied by five other black regional pastors and claimed that they were supported by an additional 3,742 black pastors who endorsed the anti-Obama campaign. 

A memo released by The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has stated, "The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two Democratic constituencies." This strategy may prove to be effective. A Pew Research Center poll that was taken in April found that 49 percent of blacks were against the legalization of same sex marriage, while 39 percent said they supported same sex marriage.

The poll suggests that support for gay marriage by blacks is up from 2008 where the same pole revealed that a mere 26 percent of blacks were in favor of same-sex marriage. Yet whether this will effect how black voters vote has yet to be determined as support among black voters for Barack Obama's re-election campaign is nearly the same as it was in 2008.


Reverend Delman Coates

Produced by:

Jacob Gash and Arwa Gunja

Comments [6]


How could Gay marriage destroy the black family? The black family was destroyed in the 1960's and will never return. Black people destroyed the black family and black preachers and ministers never, ever objected. The are hypocrites to do so now.

Nov. 17 2012 09:39 PM
ahc from sf

If gay marriage is ok, why not make polygamy, incest, or pedophilia, OK?

And all of aforementioned in the name of 'LOVE' will justify them all?

Do the "ends" justify the "means" at any cost?

Are gays really being honest with themselves and others in "coming out of the closet"? Why the need for gay "pride" in the first place decades ago?

Perhaps someone can explain why they want to shame others for their hate or homophobia when they themselves needed to advertise and promote their own "pride" well before anyone knew about gay pride?

Doesn't the medical community recommend that you, "Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom."?

Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it's OK to "Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?" and that it's possible to live a perfectly normal life.

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To those who say that anti-gay marriage supporters are "bigots", would anyone opposing polygamy, incest or pedophilia also be bigots?

Nov. 03 2012 04:02 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Pastor Owen is suggesting that the Gay and Lesbian community needs to have bloodshed before they get equal rights. It's weird.

Oct. 18 2012 01:35 PM

I do not object to gay marriage. I do object to the free Obama commercial. So a bunch of black pastors are speaking out against Obama, public radio feels the need to step up and provide free air time to contradict that message. Lets end public financing of radio. Then Obama commercials as news would be wonderful.

Oct. 18 2012 10:16 AM
Ed from Larchmont

And what has the president done for the African-American community in general?

Oct. 18 2012 09:39 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I doubt that.

Oct. 18 2012 09:36 AM

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