A coalition of 100 black pastors in Michigan now stands in vehement opposition to a federal district court ruling in March overturning a voter approved measure which amended the Michigan constitution in 2004 to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The pastors, along with other Christian groups, are filing an amicus brief in support of the appeal of the court decision by Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette.
Blacks, on average, attend church with greater frequency than any other ethnic group in the country. And blacks take scripture seriously.
It is a no-brainer for many church-going blacks that discrimination because of race is very different from choices in sexual behavior.
Only 32 percent of Republicans, according to Pew, support same-sex marriage legalization. This issue, along with abortion, is not going away as a source of tension in the Republican Party.
Black pastors know first hand how moral relativism destroys communities. They are not about to buy into it.
Nor are Christian evangelicals who represent a meaningful portion of the Republican Party.
Although most blacks and Christian evangelicals have probably not read the words of Tocqueville, they appreciate the truths that he identified in 1835 about the importance of religious values to American freedom.
This fight is far from over.