Marriage Equality: Distinguish Rights From Rites

In a piece for The Root DC, ordained minister Barbara Reynolds argues that African-American Christians can reconcile support for the president with their faith.

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In a piece for The Root DC, ordained minister Barbara Reynolds argues that African-American Christians can reconcile support for the president with their faith.

If there is a way to miraculously part the Red Sea without black Christians drowning over the same-sex marriage debate, I think civil rights icon and theologian Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. and his son Otis Moss III, pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, may have found it.

Recently, father and son laid out a two-pronged scenario that offers a way for concerned African American Christians to oppose President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage without abandoning him in the upcoming election.

In a statement to African American clergy, Moss III urged fellow pastors and skeptical African American Christians to not only make a distinction between Obama as president and as pastor but also between rights and rites.

Read Barbara Reynolds' entire piece at The Root DC.

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