Black Washington, D.C. area ministers took to the streets Tuesday to protest the city council’s support for same-sex marriage, reports The Washington Post.
About 150 people participated in the Stand Up for Marriage rally held at Freedom Plaza, not far from the building that houses the city’s government.
“I would rather be religiously courageous than politically correct,” Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., who organized the rally, told the crowd. “I am thankful that God has put it in your heart to be here. You represent a hundredfold and others that should and would and wanted to be here. I am appointing you to take the word far and wide and speak up for Jesus,” he said.
Earlier this month, the council voted 12-0 to preliminarily allow legislation to acknowledge same-sex marriages performed in other parts of the country. Oenly gay council member, David Catania, said he plans to present a bill that would permit the marriages to be performed in the city.
Former mayor and current city council member Marion Barry also came out to the event and declared his opposition to the bill, despite previously signing on as its co-sponsor. He was the only council member absent from the vote because he was recovering from a kidney transplant, he said. He also called his stand on the issue “evolving,” reports the Post.
Mayor Adrian Fenty supports the measure, though, saying D.C. residents have larger concerns.
“They don’t have enough time in the day to discriminate or worry about someone else….Everybody is entitled to the same rights,” Fenty told the Post in an earlier interview.