Civil rights activist Rev. William Owens is the embodiment of the riff in the black community over gay marriage, where a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted last year found that 55 percent of blacks oppose gay marriage.
You may also recall that 70 percent of blacks voted in support of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage back in 2008.
With the issue dominating the news this week, Owens is adamant that there is no comparison between the civil rights movement and the gay community’s fight for same-sex marriage, as reported by CNS News.
“I marched and many other thousands of people marched in this same location years ago on the claim that we were being discriminated against, and today the other community is trying to say that they are suffering the same thing that we suffered, but I tell you they are not,” Owens said Tuesday standing on the National Mall with other traditional marriage supporters.
Insinuating that homosexuals choose the gay lifestyle, Owens points out that “there is absolutely nothing I can do to change the color of my skin.”
“They are not suffering what we suffered, and I sympathize with people who face discrimination. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, but what they’re going through does not compare to what we went through,” Owens added.
Owens is founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, a grassroots group that supports marriage between one man and one woman.
As CNS News notes, Owens said for the gay community to try to change the definition of marriage will be “devastating to all of our families.”
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