African Americans do not own the patent on civil rights and morality, according to several prominent African American pastors who have joined the effort to support a referendum in Maryland to allow same-sex marriage.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Delman Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Chicago’sTrinity United Church of Christ where the Obamas once worshipped, were among a dozen or so clergy members who spoke at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday.
The leaders challenged fellow clergy who they say are using same-sex marriage as a “wedge issue” between Obama and African American voters.
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