Detroit, Michigan, June 19th, 2014- A coalition of Republicans, which includes a national activist opposed to affirmative action for Blacks, as well as a former Michigan Speaker of the House- who initially pushed for a ban on marriage redefinition- have filed a brief in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the March 21 ruling that briefly struck down Michigan’s voter approved Marriage Protection Amendment.
“As conservatives, moderates and libertarians we embrace the individual freedoms protected by our Constitution,” said Rick Johnson, the former GOP speaker who paved the way for the gay marriage issue to make its way to the 2004 statewide ballot. “We embrace Ronald Reagan’s belief that the Republican Party must be a ‘big tent.’ We believe in the importance of limited government, individual freedom and stable families. We believe that these values are advanced by recognizing civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.”
Jennifer Gratz, who led the efforts to ban affirmation action at the University of Michigan, has also joined the Republicans in seeking to redefine marriage. Gratz states “I am against special preferences based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation- namely for heterosexuals.”
Pastors from a coalition of over 200 Black Pastors and Christian leaders from outstate Michigan take issue with the Republicans who fought against affirmation action for Blacks, yet fight for special preferences for homosexuals and lesbians.
“Mrs. Gratz is obviously confused as she desires to defend the rights of the approximate 1.4% homosexual population at the expense of the 98.6% heterosexual population. Perversion has never been acceptable in a moral society, but now she desires to see it not only be accepted, but also promoted in our judicial system, schools and halls of higher education ultimately receiving special privileges. Is that not what she just fought against? Sure makes one wonder the thinking processes of Mrs. Gratz.”- Pastor Rodney McTaggert, Bread of Life Ministries, Saginaw, Michigan
Pastor Stacy Swimp, of Revive Alive Ministries-Flint, Michigan, took aim at the hypocrisy of the Republicans in question.
“How ironic that so called Republicans, whose party platform allegedly advocates the constitutional principles of limited government, would file a brief in support of marriage redefinition, which has attached to it the nefarious agenda of discriminating against the individual freedom of Christians who decline to endorse homosexual behavior.” – Stacy Swimp
The pastors say that discrimination against Christians is the direct consequence of marriage redefinition, citing an incident where owners of a Christian bakery -who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple- were found “guilty” of violating the so called civil rights of a lesbian couple, because the bakers’ religious conscience would not permit them to make a cake dedicated to marriage between two women.
The pastors also believe that racism is at the heart of the agenda of the Republicans who fought against affirmative action and so called special preferences for Black Americans, but are now advocating special preferences for homosexuals and lesbians.
“Republicans, such as Jennifer Gratz and Leon Drolet- who ran the anti-affirmative action campaign in Michigan and Arizona- have revealed themselves as morally bankrupt racists. This is demonstrated by their focus on gutting civil rights for Blacks and replacing them with special preferences for homosexuals. “- Pastor Leonard Jackson, Beth-El Community- Church of God in Christ, Detroit, Michigan
Pastor Jackson says that there has always been a correlation between racism and the homosexual agenda.
“I vividly recall that, when the voter approved Marriage Protection Amendment passed in California, LGBT activists spewed all kinds of racial epithets at Black homosexuals, as they blamed the Black community- which voted 70-30 for traditional marriage- for the failed bid to redefine marriage. Black homosexuals in California learned that the homosexual culture was racist. So it comes as no surprise that the same people who fought against affirmative action for Blacks would fight for special preferences for homosexuals“- Pastor Leonard Jackson concluded.
The pastors say they are not in the least discouraged or dismayed by the Republicans who have joined in to redefine marriage.
“Imagine if our forefathers had started out with the same abominable, despicable concept of marriage as these groups have today. We would have no society.”, states Elder Dr. Rader Johnson, Greater Bibleway Temple, Bay City, Michigan. “So I say to those who promote this wayward anti-Christ agenda of marriage redefinition to cease and desist your destructive, confused, anti-social concept of family. If you won’t, we are prepared to fight against you for the purpose of preserving our God given traditional marriage!’