A coalition of black pastors is looking into the reason behind
African-Americans' growing support for homosexual "marriage" -- a
trend reflected in a number of recent polls.
Numerous polls and surveys over the last year have shown an
increasing support for "gay marriage" among blacks. A Pew Research
Center survey in 2011, for example, found that only 36 percent were
in favor of legalizing same-sex unions; another survey by the same
group last month saw that jump to 44 percent.
Rev. William Owens, who
heads The Coalition
of African-American Pastors (CAAP), believes the answer to
that trend is simple.
"The most powerful position in the world, which is the president
of the United States … whatever he endorses, there will be many
followers," Owens asserts. "So he endorsed same-sex marriage, and
the masses followed. They took a wrong and tried to make it
The reverend also believes African-Americans felt they had
nowhere to go "because the Republicans for whatever reason don't
understand the dynamics of the African-American community." Still,
he contends the trend in support of same-gender marriage must be
reversed, and education is the way to do that.
"That's the only way this is going to be done," he states. "We
have an agenda next year where we're going to educate people as to
what they're doing and the damage that they are causing to their
families and the future of this country. It's not over 'til it's
over, and it is not over now."
The education process, according to Owens, needs to originate
from the pulpit, small groups, parents, young people and students
-- all working toward rebuilding a strong biblical foundation for