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African-American Clergy Urge Marylanders to Vote for Marriage Equality

African American clergyThis morning, at the National Press Club, African-American clergy from Maryland were joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton and other national leaders as they announced their support for marriage equality and encouraged Maryland voters to Vote for Question 6 this November to defend the state’s civil marriage equality law.

Participating was the Rev. Dr. Delman Coates, senior pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland.  Rev. Coates said, “As pastors and clergy leaders, we are here today to declare our unequivocal support for Maryland’s Civil Marriage Protection Act and to dispel the myth that all African-American pastors are fundamentally opposed to the idea of marriage equality.”

Al Sharpton Later in his remarks, Coates said, “As African-American Christian pastors, we cannot stand on the side of those who would attempt to justify legalized discrimination under the guise of religious belief.”

Today’s press conference continues the work by African-American faith leaders in Maryland to support the Yes on Question 6 campaign.

HRC has set up a special fund to direct 100 percent of your contribution today to defend the marriage equality law in Maryland. press clubHRC is a founding member and leader of Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition campaign working to defend marriage in the Free State, and your contribution will support the coalition's efforts and count toward your HRC membership.




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