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Michigan Pastors Hold Press Conference Blasting Gay Marriage Ahead of Court Challenge: VIDEO


A coalition of approximately 50 Michigan pastors held a press conference on Monday blasting same-sex marriage ahead of today's trial challenging the state's ban on gay marriage and gay adoption, the Detroit Free Press reports:

Quoting from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Bible, the pastors said that gay marriage violates the teachings of Christianity. Swimp quoted from King’s famous letter ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ to say that “we have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” that don’t conform the law of God. The majority of pastors at the press conference were African-American.

“It’s going to tear the foundation of the family asunder,” Pastor Caldwell said of gay marriage. “It’s going to have a devastating effect.”

“We ... stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values,” said Pastor Lennell Caldwell of First Baptist World Changers. “We believe that marriage between one man and one woman creates the best possible environment for the health and wellness of children ... no one is entitled to redefine marriage.”

The pastors said their coalition represents Baptist, Church of God in Christ (COGCI), Pentecostal, and Catholic denominations.

Watch a WJBK report on the presser, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. A covenant agreed to by a bunch of pathetic losers!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Feb 25, 2014 10:18:07 AM

  2. He lost me at "gravity...."

    Posted by: Zoltan | Feb 25, 2014 10:19:09 AM

  3. Great. Have some guts and go to jail. Don't collect passing GO.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 25, 2014 10:24:11 AM

  4. American Taliban in action.

    Posted by: Dan Mc. | Feb 25, 2014 10:24:37 AM

  5. While invoking Martin Luther King he might also want to look at what the late Coretta Scott King had to say about racism and homophobia being the same and all of the other numerous things she said in support of LGBT rights. Methinks she might have a better understanding of what her husband may have thought than these "pastors".

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 25, 2014 10:25:12 AM

  6. "no one is entitled to redefine marriage.” Just whatever a Christian believes at that moment. Let's go back to Old Testament multiple marriage. and human sacrifice. In order for Christianity to survive the church fathers have to stop cherry picking their battles.

    Posted by: robertL | Feb 25, 2014 10:26:13 AM

  7. Since when did marriage become the property of Christians?

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 25, 2014 10:28:07 AM

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    Religious zealots...wake me when you have a new argument. This is getting really boring.

    And as I always say, your religion is a choice, pure and simple.

    Posted by: tbd | Feb 25, 2014 10:35:00 AM

  9. The radical, religious conservatives in this country and around the world have declared war on LGBT people. They bully, threaten, insult, ostracize, attack, imprison and murder us...and all in the names of their gods and their so-called faith. What these bigoted idiots don't seem to realize is that they are destroying the very institutions they proclaim as holy and that future generations will look upon their actions and be ashamed.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Feb 25, 2014 10:38:06 AM

  10. If you don't believe in same-sex marriage don't get married to someone of the same sex.

    Posted by: simple | Feb 25, 2014 10:48:14 AM

  11. Their sphere of influence continues to shrink; that's what they're afraid of. Once no-one believes their mumbo-jumbo anymore, their gravy trains will dry up. Boo hoo.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 25, 2014 10:52:30 AM

  12. I expect them to be running through the streets at any moment, arms and hands flailing above their heads screaming like wounded banshee that their world is crumbling. And it is. America will no longer tolerate their bigotry and hate. The party is over Pastors.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 25, 2014 10:57:16 AM

  13. If religious groups are looking to impact political laws, they should start paying taxes like every other citizen first.

    Same-sex marriage does in no way impact their religion, no one is forcing their own religions into expanding acceptance to same-sex couples. No one. These are state affairs, guided more and more morally by Human Rights and a strive for equality to all citizens, NOT churches, or any other Discriminatory religious organization.

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 25, 2014 10:57:53 AM

  14. The belief that there are two classes of people and that one deserves preferential treatment is nothing new in these religions. Religions based on acceptance and equality continue to gain more ground with Americans and all the cherry picked quotes you can muster won't change the fact we have all moved on from your religious hate.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 25, 2014 10:59:00 AM

  15. All those black pastors should be ashamed of themselves. The same bible they preach from and the same scriptures from that bible were used as arguments to keep slavery alive, and again during the civil rights struggles of the 60s. Those that forget history are condemded to repeat it.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 25, 2014 11:17:57 AM

  16. Michigan is The South's revenge....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 25, 2014 11:22:07 AM

  17. @Michael,

    About the 15th Century. That's when the clergy started focusing on the peasantry in regards to "marriage". Before then, The Church, focused on controlling the nobility through Church sanctioned "marriage".

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Feb 25, 2014 11:22:26 AM

  18. Irony being that we have proof of gravity while no proof of God

    Posted by: John | Feb 25, 2014 11:28:10 AM

  19. “It’s going to tear the foundation of the family asunder”

    “It’s going to have a devastating effect.”

    “We stand by both our [state] Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values.”

    When have we heard rhetoric like this about marriage? That's right, it was 1968, in Virginia, when it was very slightly different:

    “We believe that marriage between people of the same race creates the best possible environment for the health and wellness of children ... no one is entitled to redefine marriage.”

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 25, 2014 11:32:17 AM

  20. Dear Waster of Everyone's Time,

    Don't hold a gay wedding at your church. Problem solved.


    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 25, 2014 11:35:21 AM

  21. Dear Waster of Everyone's Time,

    Don't hold a gay wedding at your church. Problem solved.


    Posted by: jakeinlove | Feb 25, 2014 11:35:36 AM

  22. Aside from which, I've never understood this "for the sake of the children" argument. The vast majority of same-sex couples will never raise children. The children who are raised by same-sex couples will be raised by same-sex couples whether or not the couple is married. The children being raised by same-sex couples are much better protected if the couple have all the rights that come with civil, legal marriage.

    So what, exactly, is the objection?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 25, 2014 11:35:57 AM

  23. I don't know about the vast majority of same sex couples never raising children, Gregory. From the most recent statistics I have seen, there are a lot of same-sex couples raising children together, perhaps over a quarter of ss couples.

    Posted by: Luke | Feb 25, 2014 11:37:56 AM

  24. 50? That's a tiny minority.

    We had over 100 ministers, rabbis, etc. IN FAVOR of marriage equality in tiny little Vermont.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 25, 2014 11:38:10 AM

  25. As a group they can trample the lives of more gay kids which is what they're doing.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 25, 2014 11:42:26 AM

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