Pastors Rally In Opposition To Gay Marriage Ahead Of Federal Court Case In Detroit

Feb 24, 2014

A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher reports, dozens of Michigan pastors rallied in support of the ban Monday in Detroit.

Michigan voters approved the state constitutional amendment almost ten years ago. It defined marriage in Michigan as between one man and one woman. The pastors say overturning that ban would be a threat to traditional marriage in the state.

Roland Caldwell is a pastor with Burnette Inspirational Ministries in Detroit. He says it’s also a voting rights issue.

“Don’t tell me that I can go to the polls one day and then the next day you tell me I don’t know what I’m doing,” he says.

Supporters of allowing same-sex marriage in Michigan say couples’ rights to equal protection under the law trump the state constitutional amendment.