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Local Preachers Protest SCOTUS Rulings on Gay Marriage

Local same-sex couples are rejoicing at the landmark win for the gay rights movement, but the Coalition of African American Pastors is not nearly as thrilled.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Local same-sex couples are rejoicing at the landmark win for the gay rights movement, but the Coalition of African American Pastors is not nearly as thrilled.

The organization held a news conference Wednesday to announce their disappointment. With tight lips and stern faces, the Coalition of African American Pastors made it clear where they stand on the gay rights issue, calling the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage act an immoral disappointment.

CAAP member Robert Morris Sr. said, "I think it's immoral. I definitely do and I think it's a sin."

"I think that ruling is to be expected in the sense of social, and the civil perspective; however, as a church man I think there is a moral and traditional belief in marriage that needed to be accounted for and considered before they made that ruling as it is," said CAAP member Bishop David Allen Hall.

Even though same-sex married couples will now be able to receive federal benefits, the president of the coalition says it's the children who will be hurt in the long run.

CAAP President Rev. William Owens said, "We're very disappointed that the Supreme Court would ignore children, just like Rowe v. Wade, they think about what adults want. You want this, you want that, but what about the child? What about the child?"

The ruling will allow legally married gay and lesbian couples to take advantage of tax breaks, pension rights and other benefits that are available to other married couples. While the LGBT community sees it as a step forward, the ministers see it as a turn for the worse.

"Totally immoral, totally, and I don't think the people who are supporting it have really looked at the end result, what's going to happen down the road. If you look at history, no society has survived who went down this road, who went down an immoral road," said Owens.
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