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Is same-s*x marriage a civil rights issue? The answer is clearly yes for Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton has joined with black pastors in Maryland who agree with him to say that the Maryland referendum on gay marriage is an issue that African Americans should rally behind.
Some argue that same-s*x marriage is a political and religious issue, and the bible clearly condemns homosexuality. Several prominent black clergy have come forward to say that Sharpton is wrong on the matter, and that no legitimate pastor would ask black Americans to disobey the bible to satisfy political ends.
But there are pastors who are going public in their support of Sharpton. The group had a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 21st to discuss the same-s*x marriage referendum.