Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 14:08 pm
As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on "gay marriage," an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.
"The Supreme Court…neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development," William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said June 26, shortly after the decisions were handed down.
"The African-American community has already been plagued with problems related to children growing up in single parent households. This ruling will only accelerate the further erosion of our communities and society."
Owens said it is "time for African-Americans and the Christian community to rise up and renew their efforts to protect marriage and strengthen the families in their communities." Noting that "African-Americans pay a disproportionate price as collateral damage" when marriage is attacked," he stressed that "it will take leaders across the country to resist the cultural shift."