Black Pastors Assail Gay Analogy; Coercive Interrogation Policy Developments

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Byline: Deb McCown, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

More than 50 black pastors yesterday decried efforts to compare the battle over same-sex "marriage" to the civil rights struggle of blacks and called on the Congressional Black Caucus and legislators to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

"You insult African-Americans when you say that this is a civil rights issue," Bishop Paul Morton, the leader of a Baptist church in New Orleans, said at a Washington meeting organized by the Traditional Values Coalition, a group that promotes Christian values in public policy.

"I can't change the color of my skin, but you can change your lifestyle," he said.

"This is not a civil rights issue," said the Rev. Talbert Swan of Massachusetts. "It is a moral issue."

It is no coincidence, Mr. Swan said, that the Massachusetts high court picked yesterday, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that demanded racial integration of schools, as the day when same-sex "marriages" would be legalized.

According to a poll released shortly after the Massachusetts court ruling, these pastors are not alone. Eighty percent of Americans with high religious commitment oppose gay "marriage."

The poll, released Nov. 18 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, also showed that 62 percent of Americans say same-sex "marriage" goes against their religious beliefs and that 59 percent say it should be illegal. …