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Dallas Pastor Frederick Haynes III Defends Obama's Declaration For Marriage Equality

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A Dallas megachurch pastor recently gave a sermon that supported President Obama's same-sex marriage stance and blasted fellow African-American leaders, according to TowleRoad.com.

Rev. Frederick Haynes III, senior pastor at Friendship-West Baptist Church, gave a sermon in which he criticized other religious leaders saying he "saluted" Obama's decision to uphold the Constitution.

“Notice it does not say that all straight men are created equal. It does not say that all men unless you are gay or lesbian are created equal. He swore upon oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States. He is not the pastor of the United States; he’s the president of the United States. And for the first time in the history of this nation, we have a president who has dared to use his position to make the Democratic promise available not just for a select few who are up and in, but for everybody regardless of their race, their creed, their color or their sexual orientation.”

Haynes speech showed the changing nature of African-American opinion of same-sex marriage. According to Thinkprogress.org, polls in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Maryland show that majority of African Americans support same-sex marriages and that nation-wide, more African Americans support marriage equality than the general public.

As Dallasvoice.com reported Haynes referred to fear being the root cause of the anger on Obama's declaration.

“Why are you so angry? Jesus never said a word about it [homosexuality]. … Well, maybe we need to talk about what issues you may have, because evidently you’ve got some major issues, or there is an ignorance that is rooted in fear. Y’all are not feeling this, but I’m going to preach the gospel anyhow, because you do understand, my brothers and sisters, that the sad reality is, we love to judge other folks’ sins, because it keeps it off of us, as opposed to looking at us.”

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