Black Clergy Lead Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage in Nation’s Capital

April 29, 2009 - 1:39 PM
Black clergy have led a rally against gay marriage in the nation's capital.
Washington (AP) - Black clergy have led a rally against gay marriage in the nation’s capital.
 
The Washington, D.C., city council voted unanimously this month to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they’re legal. Before becoming law, the legislation requires a final council vote next week and then must be reviewed by Congress, which has final say over the city’s laws.
 
But local clergy told about 200 supporters that God created marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and governments have no right to change it.
 
The ministers also insisted that gay marriage is not a civil right, and led the mostly black crowd in singing “We Shall Overcome” to suggest that their religious view might prevail.
City councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry, who missed the first council vote, led about 200 protesters in chanting, “No to same-sex marriage in D.C.!“