Michigan, March 21 2014– Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, after having presided over DeBoer vs. Snyder, a lawsuit that addresses both the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriage between one man and one woman and the state adoption law, has ruled the amendment preserving marriage to be unconstitutional.
A coalition of over 100 Black Detroit Pastors, led by Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell and Pastor Lennell Caldwell, have hosted both a press Conference and a rally in support of Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment since Judge Friedman has been residing over the case.
The pastors have issued a swift response.
“Judge Friedman has negated the vote of 2.7 million voters in the State of Michigan. Moreover, he has said to the almost 70 percent of Black citizens who voted in favor of marriage protection that our voting rights are no longer protected. Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our forefathers apparently died in vain,” remarked Rev. Dr. Roland A. Caldwell, Pastor of Burnette Inspirational Ministry, Detroit, Michigan.
Minister Stacy Swimp, Gospel Activist and Founder of “Revive Alive, Flint, Michigan, ” stated, “It is a sad day for Michigan that Judge Friedman has ruled that preserving the only civil institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers is unconstitutional. Rest assured, however, that we shall continue to fight for the rights of children, and for our faith, for our families, and for our religious freedom.”
“We call on all the sitting County Clerks across the State of Michigan to refrain from issuing redefined marriage licenses, as stated by the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, until the matter is fully determined on appeal,” concludes Rev. Lennell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers International Church, Detroit, Michigan.