A group of black clergy members protested gay marriage at the NAACP’s convention in Houston TX.
The NAACP came out in support of marriage equality in the wake of President Obama’s endorsement in May.
The group – dubbed the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) – says gay marriage is wrong, and that the NAACP should concern itself with more pressing issues.
“‘This is supposed to be an organization for black people who were beaten, who were mistreated and who were enslaved,’ Owens told The Huffington Post. ‘You’re advocating for something that’s not normal, that’s not natural. It’s still out of line, it’s against moral law.’
‘Gay marriage is leading us down a bad path,’ Owens added. ‘Our young people are already hurt. They’re already damaged.’
Owens said that the NAACP should focus on issues like unemployment and education, and added that CAAP’s online petition in support of “traditional marriage” had garnered at least 5,000 signatures since the group held an initial press conference about its effort last week. He said that he doubted the civil rights group’s membership would have backed the resolution.”
While Black church leaders have been split on the issue of same-sex marriage, recent polls show a significant jump in gay marriage support from the Black community.
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