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Marc Fischer writes a surprising piece for the Washington Post with the headline “Black Pastors Take Heat for Not Viewing Same-Sex Marriage as Civil Rights Matter.” With Maryland (it seems) about to become the eighth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, it’s novel for black pastors to hear that they’re “on the wrong side of history.” The comparison made by advocates of same-sex marriage between the urgency of their position and that of Martin Luther King’s is not new, but these pastors are convinced that the answer to the question of same-sex marriage is rather straightforward, and doesn’t have to do with rights:

Rather, they say, it is a question of Scripture, of whether a country based on Judeo-Christian principles will honor what’s written in Romans or decide to make secular decisions about what’s right. In Maryland, as in California and New York, opinion polls have shown that although a majority of white voters support recognition of same-sex marriage, a majority of blacks oppose it, often on religious grounds.

Read the story here

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