Mid-South group wants Obama to change stance on gay marriage

(WMC-TV) - Pastors and civil rights leaders will gather in Memphis Thursday to fight President Barack Obama's support of gay marriage.

The Coalition of African American Pastors is a grassroots group who believes in traditional family values.

Thursday, the group plans to release a statement signed by black clergy and civil rights leaders from around the state speaking out against President Obama's support of gay marriage.

The group has also launched an online petition to garner support from around the nation.

The meeting is at 1750 Madison Avenue at 11 a.m. Thursday.  The of the people expected to be at the event include Dr. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the South Christian Leadership Conference, and members of the Church of God in Christ, the largest black Pentecostal denomination in the United States.

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