Rev. Owens: "Not One Inch, Not One Yard for Gay Marriage"


In the AP story retailed here at RealClearPolitics, Rev. Bill Owens (who is NOM's liaison to black churches) announced he marched with Martin Luther King, but "not one inch, not one yard" for same-sex marriage:

A group of black pastors gathered in Memphis on Thursday to denounce President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage and call on him to change his views.

Some members of the black clergy, including the 13 Tennessee pastors who met Thursday, have taken offense at comparisons between homosexual rights and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The Rev. William Owens, founder and president of the Memphis-based Coalition of African-American Pastors, said he's offended by the comparison.

"I didn't march for same-sex marriage, not one inch, one yard, or one mile," he said. "Homosexuals have a choice, black people didn't."

Obama publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage earlier this month during an interview at the White House.

The coalition members said they have started a petition to urge Obama to change his views on homosexual marriage.