Judge Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is now presiding over a trial for the Deboer v Synder and Schuette case regarding adoption and whether the institution of marriage between one man and one woman should be redefined.
In response, on Monday, February 24, 2014 CTV President James Muffett was honored to stand with urban Pastors and other leaders gathered at the First Baptist World Changers Church in Detroit to declare their unequivocal support for historic marriage.
Marriage protection was resolved by a 2004 Constitutional Ballot Initiative in Michigan. That means the majority of the voters in the State of Michigan decided to stand for marriage between one man and one woman. A Detroit Free Press Poll showed that 2/3 of Black voters voted for the Marriage Protection Amendment. In fact, the majority of voters in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Benton Harbor- the major population centers for Black voters- all voted in favor of the Amendment.
Here are some excerpts from the News Release for this historic Press Conference,
“We—over 100 Pastors and Christian leaders from Detroit and across the State of Michigan—want to send a message that there are yet still pastors in city and State
– in truth, the overwhelming majority of pastors — who stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo Christian values,” said Pastor Lenell Caldwell, First Baptist World Changers. “We believe that marriage between one man and one woman creates the best possible environment for the health and wellness of children. While we agree that every American has a right to choose to live as he or she wants, no one is entitled to redefine marriage.”
So we are standing for marriage protection and we believe that it was God who instituted both marriage [and] government, and gave government the responsibility to protect the covenant that he created between man and woman. Pastor Ellis Smith, of Jubilee City Church stated, “There needs to be a collective but clear voice that supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman.”