Black gay activist and DC for Marriage president Michael Crawford brilliantly executes his testimony in support of marriage equality in the district and slams the anti-gay black clergy who are working tirelessly to promote the idea that the black community is monolithic in its opposition to marriage equality.
"A number of our opponents have worked really hard both today and in recent months to give the impression that Arican-Americans are categorically against marriage equality. And I'm here to say that that is categorically untrue", says Crawford.
"When we have ministers from outside the district come in and try to give the impression that the African-American community in the district is opposed to marriage equality- it's clear form their point of view they don't know what's going on in the district", he added.
Crawford is absolutely correct in his assessment. While Bishop Harry Jackson has been a visible opponent in the marriage equality fight there are a number of clergy who have come out in support of the marriage equality bill that have received little or no media attention.
Rev. Dennis & Christine Wiley helped form D.C. Clergy for Marriage, a coalition of about 200 ministers representing nearly every faith who support allowing same-sex couples to wed.
"We believe as African Americans who have been discriminated against . . . we don't have the right to discriminate against anyone else."
Get into Crawford's testimony in the video below: