Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gay marriage: For African-Americans it's a moral, not a political issue

"Where do African-Americans stand on the issue of gay marriage and why? As reported in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, a large majority of African-Americans — 61 percent to 28 percent — oppose gay marriage. This is the case not only in New Jersey, but nationwide. Many may be surprised, but African-Americans historically are conservative on moral issues."

Rev. Reginald T. Jackson writes:
Supporters of gay marriage say it is a civil rights issue, and after all that African-Americans have been through, it was assumed that African-Americans would be supportive. Most African-Americans, however, don’t look at gay marriage as a civil rights issue, but rather as a religious or theological issue.

We strongly condemn those who oppose gay marriage out of bias and prejudice and seek to make anyone less than equal because of their sexual preference. We have heard too much of this discrimination voiced during this debate and it must be rejected. New Jersey has approved civil unions, which we support.

But for African-Americans, our position on gay marriage is neither political nor social. It is matter of being faithful to what you believe based on understanding of God’s word. Those who oppose gay marriage believe you cannot, for convenience sake, pick and choose which part of God’s word to accept and obey. READ MORE