Church leaders knock Obama’s same-sex marriage endorsement
SEVERAL local church leaders have expressed disappointment over US
president, Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriages on
Wednesday. Obama declared during an interview on ABC News that same -sex
couples should be allowed to get married.
and commendations from gay rights activists and liberal groups.
think same sex couples should be able to get married,” the president
marriage was an institution created by God for a man and a woman.
changed and nothing should change,” said Reverend Lenworth Anglin,
executive chairman of the Church of God in Jamaica.
been already on the alert as church leaders. We have to make sure that
we stick to what we believe in as a church, and proclaim that,” he said.
said he, too, was disappointed but not surprised given the financial
backing Obama stands to gain from civil rights groups.
surprising because he has been showing that sign for some time, that he
is supporting gay marriages,” he said.
White, said he too was disappointed and surprised, but felt the
president’s endorsement would not have any adverse impact on Jamaica’s
own political posture.
very open in that respect and showed some kind of extremely liberal
attitude, especially where the gay agenda and gay community are
involved. But I really didn’t expect him to go so far out. So, I am
disappointed really with that. I understand, but I am really
disappointed and I really disagree with his position.”
believes that while Obama might have issued the statement to appease
the more liberal Democrats in his constituent, he might have hurt his
political ambitions in the process.
election, but it is going to blow up back in his face,” he stated.
Cayman Islands Reverend Howard Gregory feel Obama’s stance would have
been more widely accepted had he endorsed civil unions as opposed to gay
tradition, but it’s a matter of a civil arrangement whereby person’s
with shared property, for instance — whether they be two women or a man
and a woman — when they die, then the other one would get the benefit,”
Bishop Reece pointed out.
motivation for gay rights groups, he could only speak as a world leader
and did not have any moral or religious authority to speak for the
gender with marriage, that is off the table for me and certainly for
most Christians because that is an untenable position,” he said.
have friendships of the same gender and it is their right to leave other
persons their property and to have access to certain things if that
person might want to share whatever benefit they are entitled,” he said.