Black Pastors: Obama's Gay Marriage Support a 'Disgrace'

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African-American pastors say that by embracing same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama threatens the stability of family, especially within the black community.

The Christian leaders met in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, for the launch of their campaign urging black voters not to support the president as long as he's supporting gay marriage.

"Mr. President, I'm not going to stand with you, and we have thousands of others across this country that are not going to stand with you in this foolishness," said Rev. William Owens, leader of the Coalition of African-American Pastors.

Owens said he supported Obama in the 2008 election, but that's not the case anymore.

CBN News spoke more with Rev. William Owens about the gay marriage debate as well as how President Obama's support of same-sex marriage could impact support among black voters. Click play for his comments, on CBN Newswatch, July 31.

He and others at Tuesday's press conference believe the president is ignoring them and black voters while pandering to the gay community.

"For the president to bow to the money, as Judas did for Jesus Christ, is a disgrace, and we're ashamed," Owens added.

Meanwhile, for the first time, Democrats are moving to include support for same-sex marriage in their official party platform.

A Democratic National Convention official said Monday the party's drafting committee voted during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis to formally support gay marriage.

Delegates are expected to approve the platform during the party convention in Charlotte, N.C., in early September.

North Carolina voters just approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, following the pattern of many other states in the country.

Gay rights advocates called the DNC decision a significant milestone. The effort got a boost in May when Obama voiced his personal support for same-sex marriage.

But conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats say the move will make it even harder for their party to win swing states.

The Democratic Party platform is also expected to reaffirm opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law favoring traditional marriage.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said after the formal support of gay marriage, Democrats can "kiss the presidential election, the House, and now the Senate goodbye."

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