COGIC leaders get "marriage protector" honors from NOM

The senior male and female leaders of the nation’s largest black pentecostal church were recognized for their roles in protecting traditional marriage according to a prominent anti-gay marriage organization. The awards were presented at the denomination’s 60th Women’s Convention in Los Angeles. The press release is from the National Organization of Marriage.

WASHINGTON, DC — Tuesday Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and senior women’s leader Mother Willie Mae Rivers of the Church of God in Christ accepted the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) 2010 Marriage Protector Award.
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Bishop Blake is the worldwide leader of the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC), and Mother Rivers is the senior women’s leader. COGIC is one of the largest African-American denominations in the United States, and has a worldwide membership of 5 million people in 60 countries.

The award was given to acknowledge “the steadfast witness of the Church of God in Christ in defending marriage as the union of husband and wife.”

NOM Chairman Maggie Gallagher presented the award at the 60th Annual Womens International Convention/Crusade of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “We are blessed by your courage, your clarity, and your conviction,” Gallagher conveyed to COGIC.

“I am here to present an award, but the honor is really ours–to acknowledge with gratitude the contributions of COGIC in standing for the truth that to make a marriage you need a husband and wife. At a time when so many powerful voices argue that this idea is rooted only in hatred and bigotry, we are blessed by your witness to the truth, which is really God’s truth, about marriage,” Maggie Gallagher told the assembled 20,000 African-American women and COGIC bishops, and other church leaders.

Although the term “gay marriage” was not mentioned in the presentation, its clear that Gallagher was referring to in her remarks. Under the late GE Patterson the church issued a strongly worded  official proclamation upholding male-female marriage and calling same sex unions a “violation of religious and social norms and are aberrant and deviant behavior.” [These] “unions are sinful and in direct violation of the law of God in that they are a deviation from the natural use and purpose of the body.”

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6 thoughts on “COGIC leaders get "marriage protector" honors from NOM

  1. Can anyone deliver a statement, any statement, not the repetitions of another’s words, where this Bishop has stood in favor of traditional marriage? Has this Church Mother ever delivered any public statements on traditional marriage at all?

    I want to see these statements again, outside of Memphis, in any public forum where either of them have addressed this issue. Then maybe I can understand an award or recognition.

  2. RW2K, that’s a fair question. I will look around a little and see what warranted this award. If anyone else can produce some public evidence showing that the two awardees have actually been champions of traditional marriage or said anything publicly about gay marriage I’d be interested in seeing that. The COGIC “marriage proclamation” doesnt count:)

  3. Yeah, I love Mother Rivers, but the NOM website doesn’t state whether the award is issued by nomination or merit so curious to see what you come up with.
    But I heard something encouraging today on marriage in general, I try to listen to Dave Ramsey on the radio, trying to get my money straight and stay encouraged. A woman caller whose fiance has Cerebral Palsy or MS and is on Social Security. If his spouse makes more than $1500 a month they cut off the SS. So since they won’t be able to get legally married right now, she wanted help to get a joint budget together, making sure she got the house if something happened to him/vice versa, basically some hetero civil union/common law type stuff. When she was saying all that I was like, hmmm, did he catch that, how is he going to respond…
    Dave Ramsey is like NO, I am not going to help you figure out how to keep a little change from uncle sam while you live in sin (paraphrasing). He basically told her get married or get a new relationship cause she was only 23. The husband was having trouble keeping jobs because of his condition and the economy has dampened his self employment hopes, but Dave suggested they visit a friends website who has CP and does speaking engagements for a living, but he could not help her today.

  4. Well I have brought my searching to an end. I only searched for verifiable public statements and personal positions for the two marriage protector honorees. Unfortunately, I came up empty handed. I even called Maggie Gallagher at NOM. The pr person said Gallagher would call back but I kinda suspected she wouldnt.
    Thats probably because this might possibly have been some deal. Oh well I hope they are all very, very happy with their awards.

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