Black clergy statement on marriage
Feb. 06, 2004
It is with a clear conscience that the Black Ministerial Alliance adds our
voice to those
speaking on the subject of marriage. We believe our voices are critical to
because of who we are and whom we represent. We are Christians with a
forged from a uniquely American experience. As Black religious leaders we
our theological, historical and ethical understanding of the institution of
We believe marriage to be a unique covenant established between a man and a
Our understanding of marriage is fundamentally rooted in our beliefs. It
a tenet seminal
to Christianity, other faith traditions and also secular society. The
marriage covenant is
both a religious and social contract. It is the primary basis for the
establishment of the
rules of social engagement and community.
We acknowledge the pain and suffering of the men and women in the gay and lesbian community who are in long term relationships. However, given the most recent opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court eliminating the possibility of Civil Unions, we support the call for a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman.
The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc.
The Boston Ten Point Coalition
The Cambridge Black Pastors Conference