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Black Christian leaders challenge Michigan courts on marriage definition.

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Some in the GOP wish to turn their backs on Christian conservatives and say the Republican party should just stop talking about social issues. They seem to believe a collective mea culpa is the best way forward and that social conservatives are causing them to lose.

Message to the GOP establishment: you are totally wrong and maybe we should change the party initials to OTL (out to lunch). This is the problem with the GOP and all those “inside-the-beltway” consultants and pundits.

If the GOP would actually get out into America they’d understand policy inclusiveness, not just the emptiness of outreach. In the black community, social conservative issues are more unifying than fiscal issues. I’ve often said the most conservative people in America on a Sunday are black.

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In 2008, the year we sadly entered into the age of Obama, there were two ballot initiatives on same sex marriage in two populous states that went for Obama – California (Proposition 8) and Florida (Amendment 2). Regardless that Obama won those states, both initiatives won electorate support, to support marriage between one man and one woman.

But Liberal progressives wouldn’t want to admit that a record black voter turnout resulted in their passing. The same has occurred in North Carolina where a same-sex marriage proposal went down in flames. However, when secular humanist progressives don’t get their way, they immediately run to the courts for judicial activism to overrule the referendum of the electorate.

And so is the case in Michigan where on February 25, 2014, Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will begin to preside over DeBoer vs. Snyder, a lawsuit that will address both the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriage between one man and one woman as well as the state adoption law.

The media expects the trial to last at least eight days. But surprise! This is being challenged by black Christian leaders and ministers.

“At a news conference in Detroit, Michigan, on February 24, 2014, over 100 pastors and Christian leaders from the City of Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan will join together at First Baptist World Changers Church, 22575 West Eight Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48219, at 10:30am, in support of the Michigan Marriage Amendment that was passed by voters in 2004. The pastors will bring their collective voices in support of traditional marriage between one man and one woman as a federal bench trial, DeBoer vs. Snyder, is set to begin in Detroit on February 25, 2014, that will debate the 2004 marriage amendment as well as the state’s adoption law.”

Do any of you believe this will be carried by the liberal progressive media?

“We, over 100 Pastors and Christian leaders from not only Detroit, but across the State of Michigan want to send a message that there are yet still pastors in city and State – in truth, the overwhelming majority of pastors — who stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo Christian values,” said Pastor Lennell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers. “We believe that marriage between one man and one woman creates the best possible environment for the health and wellness of children. While we agree that every American has a right to choose to live as he or she wants, no one is entitled to redefine marriage.”

There are several vital points the pastors wish to highlight about God and marriage between one man and one woman:

> God created marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman
> God created marriage between one man and one woman to be the foundation for building a family
> God created sexuality as an expression of unity between a man and a woman in the marriage covenant
> God created the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman as a replication of the covenant between God and man.

You have to wonder what will the Reverends Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or the onerous William Barber II say about this topic? Or even former Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emmanuel Cleaver, an ordained Minister? Will they stand upon the Judeo-Christian principles or just be lap dogs for the Democrat party and the secular progressives?

“The issue of marriage protection is not a matter of conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism, Democrat or Republican platforms, but is a matter of righteousness. It is a matter of Biblical principles,” said Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry.

I agree completely with Rev. Dr. Caldwell and I should remind him that in 2012 there was one political party that had to vote to put God back into their platform — and they resoundingly shouted no and booed. To the GOP I implore you, do not abandon social conservative issues, unless you are fine with being viewed as unrighteous by an electorate with whom you say you wish to reconnect.

And for the record, I do support civil unions, but marriage is indeed between one man and one woman.

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