Michigan's ban on gay marriage was overturned in March by a federal judge, but anti-gay marriage activists have filed an appeal which is being decided by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian law firm, filed court papers this week against gay marriage on behalf of 110 black pastors from Detroit and other parts of the state. The court papers claim that the same-sex marriage movement is falsely compared to the the civil rights movement, reports The Huffington Post.
The black pastors claim in the court filing that the civil rights victory of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 U.S Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage, doesn't include or infer gay marriage.
The black pastors recently held a rally at the First Baptist World Changers International Church in Detroit where they condemned efforts by pro-gay marriage forces to compare same-sex rights to civil rights, noted the Detroit Free Press (video below).
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Rev. Stacey Swimp of Flint , Mich., claimed that gay marriage would “destroy the backbone of our society," while Pastor Roland Caldwell said that preachers who support gay marriage are "the enemy of God." He added, "You are my enemy, the fight is on!"