Pastors Respond to Obama’s Gay Marriage Evolution

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May 13, 2012; Source: Washington Post

Many ministers around the country responded to President Obama’s endorsement of same-gender marriage last Sunday, a day ordinarily reserved to celebrate mothers—or, in some faith communities, at least heterosexual, married mothers. In the president’s own backyard, pastors preached on both the good and evil in Obama’s full evolution on same-sex marriage rights.

The Rev. John K. Jenkins, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland, told his congregation that he was “deeply, deeply troubled” and labeled the president’s call for the equal treatment of lesbian and gay couples as a “strike at the core foundation” of society. “I hate to bring it up on Mother’s Day,” Jenkins said, “but two men can’t be a mother…It’s not healthy for children, and it is not God’s design.”

In contrast, the Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mount Ennon Baptist Church, also in Maryland, commended Obama’s “bold and courageous stance in support of civil marriage protection for gays and lesbians.” Coates, one of a group of African American ministers asked by the White House to promote its position, said in an e-mail to the Washington Post that the president’s stance “underscores the fundamental difference between the State and the role of the Church.”

The Rev. Clement Aapengnu, a priest at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Virginia’s Arlington County, suggested during an interview that marriage is a “human phenomenon” rather than a religious one. “Who has the authority to define what marriage is?” he asked. “We in the church must respect its traditions. But marriage is a gift and a covenant of love that should be respected.” Aapengnu added that Obama must act as “president of all Americans, not just of Catholics. The beauty of America is that it is a melting pot.” He stressed that, “We live with multiplicity. Once we lose that perspective, we’re in trouble.”

A recent Gallup poll shows that a majority (54 percent) of Americans believe that same-gender relationships are moral. Jenkins is naturally free to speak his mind and espouse his faith tradition’s teachings. But as far as we’re concerned, Coates and Aapengnu are right in pointing out that Church and State are and should be separate, and that the president is the leader of all Americans, gay and straight, liberal and conservative, nonbeliever and believer. – Erwin de Leon


  • A Beliver

    What is written in the bible. It’s in black and white. No we are not the judge,but if we believe in GOD’s word, “It is written.” It’s not about Religion, it’s about faith, belief. Next we’ll say that a marriage should involve more then 2 people.

  • A Voting Citizen

    If Church and State are and should be separate, why did the White House (the State) contact the Church to support its position? You can’t have it both ways.

  • Jimmie Bennett

    I don’t think that everyone thats speak out against gay marriages are speaking against gay relationships. They are just noting there is a differents between a marriage between a man and a woman and a marriage between people of the same sex !!! Not ! I don’t believe! being a racist, hateful, or not accepting of gays. I personally don’t believe that a marriage between gays and mom and dad are the same, but if gays want to marry so be it. Just refrain from comparing the marriages. It seems to me that gays are are attempting to validate there union by comparing man and woman union. It’s not necessary to do this!!! My oldest son is gay, one of brothers is gay. I don’t dislike them, hate them, ashame of them,
    embarrass of them or any gay. I Just believe that there is a difference with the marriages , but gays should be allowed to marry if they choose to. You don’t need the traditional marriage believers accepts to validate your union.

  • thirdangel149

    It saddens me greatly to say a nation of people who look to make the government in higher regard then the word of God. Dear friends the government may attempt to sanctify your marriage but God the ultimate authority has already spoken and will not sanctify or bless same-sex marriage. Devoted people of Christ need to pray diligently for our president’s soul and the souls of those who are not only homosexual but all those who stand in agreement with them as the bible deems them partakers of their sins. I absolulely blame the church for not upholding the standards of holiness and righteousness found in God’s word in all in every way and not standing as beckons of light in our communities and the world at large. They are to blame for not adhereing to the commandments and not holding up God’s ensign before the people of this nation. Instead the wickedness of compromise has permeated the churches in epic proportion. Dear Jesus please save your people and thank you for the promise of heaven for those who believe and walk thusly.

  • Melvin Jones

    So I have to wonder why John Jenkins is inviting a man who supports homosexual liaisons to speak at First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

  • John

    Who do you think your fooling? The low information Libs dumb enough to vote for the likes if O (PBUH).