Speaking at the March for Marriage rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said President Obama “deceived America” on the gay marriage issue and hurt America and “the American family.”
“When President Obama was running for president, I had some friends in the gay community who informed me that he was going to say that he was for marriage between a man and a woman in his first term to get elected but he would take the issue up in his second term, and that’s what he did. So first of all, he deceived America,” Owens said.
“And you must fear no man. I fear no man. I got a lot of criticism, a lot of hate mail for opposing Obama. Obama is a black American, but his father is an African, and I think he thinks he can be a king like they have in Africa, but America don’t have kings,” said Owens. “We have a president, and I stand against Mr. Obama very much today. He’s on the wrong track, and he has hurt America and the American family.”
Owens also criticized Obama over transgender bathroom policies that allow people to use the bathroom based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological gender.
“Only a sick man – I mean sick in his mind – would promote a program that men can go in women’s restrooms. Only a sick man would promote that,” he said.
“The forces will be with you if you stand up. Refuse to obey an unjust law,” Owens urged supporters.
“You don’t have to be important. You don’t have to be a preacher. You don’t have to be a doctor. You don’t have to be rich, but you can do your part, and you never know when God will step in and stand by you and you make a difference,” he said.
“I’m going to challenge black America to stand up. We let Obama and the gay community take what black people marched and worked for, died for, beaten for, and called this civil rights. It’s not a civil right. It’s a civil wrong, and I call all men of all colors to protect your wife, protect your mother, protect your daughter,” Owens said.
“Don’t let them get away with men coming in women’s restrooms. We have enough perverts. We have enough crazy people, and they will abuse our families,” he said.
The March for Marriage is an annual rally organized by the National Organization for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
Along with Owens, other speakers included Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage; Frank Schubert, national political director of National Organization for Marriage; Tim Chapman, COO for Heritage Action for America; Jennifer Marshall, president of the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity at the Heritage Foundation; and Rev. John Oliver from the Orthodox Christian Church of the United States of America.