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GAY MARRIAGE THREATENS ESTABLISHMENT OF BOTH PARTIES

October 31st, 2009

Maggie Gallagher, of the National Organization for Marriage hit this right on the head. The black community must take a stand against the attacks of the gay lobby on the black church. http://www.uexpress.com/maggiegallagher/

The Rev. Anthony Evans stepped up to the podium at Stand for Marriage D.C.’s rally last Sunday with a message for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray: The black church will no longer partner with politicians of any race who work against its interests and its values.

From the podium, Rev. Evans spoke about an “extraordinary” meeting that took place when a half-dozen black bishops, representing the heart of the black church, paid a pastoral call on Councilman Gray, who is African-American.

The 30 minutes allotted stretched into an hour and a half as bishops representing the core Pentecostal denominations explained their concerns about gay marriage. But Gray was adamant in his support for gay marriage.

Finally one of the clergy asked, “What about your soul?”

“This has nothing to do with my soul,” he snapped.

From the podium, Rev. Evans recalled the “astonishing” moment when these religious leaders realized that Gray’s mind was made up, his heart hardened. He wasn’t really listening to their concerns.

“He’s not concerned about his soul on this issue,” Rev. Evans said on Sunday. “So let me tell Vincent Gray he will have one less thing to worry about: This will be his last term in office.”

The crowd went wild.

More than 3,000 people crowded Freedom Plaza, Evans says, to protest the D.C. Council’s attempt to pass gay marriage over the heads of voters.

“We have reached a point in our history where we will not accept African-American politicians pushing policies that will hurt the black church,” he told me a few days later. “The black church will not take this anymore.”

Major civil rights organizations, long supported by the black church, Rev. Evans says, are now accepting major financial contributions from gay rights interests.”This will be a major issue in 2010. We will not support Democratic candidates that are working against the interests of the black church,” he promised.

Evans is not some GOP stalking horse. He is the president of the National Black Church Initiative, whose main mission is reducing disparities in health care across America. Trust me, Rev. Evans is not interested in wedge issues that elect Republicans. He cares about forcing the Democratic Party — and black politicians especially — to pay more attention to the voices and values of its most faithful and numerous base, African-American churchgoers.

Rev. Evans thus has a lot in common, whether he knows it or not, with the emerging conservative GOP coalition in New York’s 23rd Congressional District that wants to defeat GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava’s bid to become the first pro-gay-marriage Republican in Congress.

I write this column as a participant, not a neutral observer: The National Organization for Marriage (of which I am president) has joined with prolife groups like Susan B. Anthony and Citizens United for Life, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, and the economic conservative powerhouse Club for Growth, to try to defeat the Scozzafava, and elect a third-party candidate, Conservative Doug Hoffman.

Club for Growth’s latest poll shows Hoffman ahead and Dede Scozzafava fading badly under the combined attacks of Hoffman, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, her own extreme liberal record, not to mention the weird, miserable judgment her campaign showed in calling in police to deal with the reporter from a respectable magazine — The Weekly Standard — who asked too many pointed questions. As Brian Brown, NOM’s executive director, put it: “How can she stand up for the interests of the people of New York’s 23rd in Washington if she can’t even deal with a reporter’s questions without calling in the cops?”

Black churchgoers and white churchgoers belong, by and large with many individual exceptions, to different political parties.

Each party is now being put on notice: Some issues are far bigger than partisan labels. If you ignore the voices and values of your core constituents, they will ignore you.

A political revolution is brewing on both sides of the aisle. How long will it take for the politicians to notice?

(Maggie Gallagher is president of the National Organization for Marriage and has been a syndicated columnist for 14 years.)

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