More than 130 clergy "representing dozens of churches and at least two synagogues" in the District of Columbia rally to support marriage equality and release a joint statement called a "Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality", reports the Washington Post and Washington Blade.
The Blade reports: "The declaration was released at Covenant Baptist Church, a mostly black congregation in the Ward 8, a section of the city that same-sex marriage opponents say would vote against a same-sex marriage law should it be placed on the ballot in a referendum. Nearly 50 of the signatories to the declaration [stood] at the pulpit behind the church's husband and wife pastors, Revs. Dennis and Christine Wiley (left). 'The black church and the black community have been characterized by some as being united in opposition to same-sex marriage,' Christine Wiley said. 'This could not be further from the truth,' she said. 'Black people are not monolithic. We are diverse just like all other human beings.'"
Other supporters included: Rev. Louis Leon of St. John's Episcopal Church at Layfayette Square across from the White House, known as the Church of the Presidents; Rev. Abena McCray of Unity Fellowship Church and Bishop Rainey Cheeks of Inner Light Ministries. Both have mostly black gay congregations.
A number of the District's leading black pastors, lead by the publicity-hungry gay-bashing Bishop Harry Jackson, filed papers requesting a voter referendum to overturn the new Washington D.C. law that recognizes legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Jackson says the District's majority black population will reject marriage equality.
It's great to see these pastors are pushing back on the meme that most blacks are homophobic and will not support marriage equality or gay rights. When will the many members of the District's huge black LGBT population stand up and speak out?
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