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Comparing struggles

   To those who would compare the struggles of homosexuals with the fight for racial equality, Bishop Michael A. Badger, pastor of Bethesda World Harvest International Church on Main Street, said this:

   "As an African-American, I don't have a choice in the color of my skin. I have a choice in whether I'm abstinent or not. I don't think you can compare the two."

   The comment echoes a common refrain among black clergy, who have been opposed to same-sex
marriage.

   But others have noted that discrimination, whether because of race or religion or gender or sexual orientation, should never be accepted and that clergy have a greater responsibility to speak out against it.

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