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
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.