A group of African American Christian pastors is campaigning for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached and has attacked US President Barack Obama over his administration’s support for same-sex marriage.
The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) believe Holder’s message to state attorneys generals that they do not have to defend their state bans on same-sex marriage is a denial of due process for opponents of same-sex marriage.
‘From this day forward, the Ruling Class will decide what the law means at any particular moment,’ CAAP said in an online statement.
‘It is no longer necessary to muster popular support for the lawful process of amending or rescinding legislation. Our rulers will tell us if they think all, or part, of any given bill should be obeyed, and by whom.’
CAAP president the Rev. William Owens attacked Obama and Holder in an interview with The Hill on Tuesday in which he said Obama would not have been able to get away with what he is doing around gay marriage if he were white.
‘If Obama was a white man, he would be impeached,’ Owens told The Hill.
‘Obama has been given a free pass to do what he pleases, but I don’t give him a pass. I’m very black, been black all my life. He doesn’t get a pass. I don’t give him a pass.’
‘He will go down in history as the worst attorney general,’ Owens said of Holder.
So far the group has been able to collect a little over 12,000 signatures.
‘The President and his administration are trampling the rule of law,’ the group said in justifying its petition drive.
‘Attorney General Holder in particular has used the influence of his office and role as the chief law enforcement figure in our nation to try to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex marriage agenda.
‘Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single-handedly to throw those votes away. For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress.’
The CAAP campaign comes as a Texas court paved the way for same-sex marriage being legalized there.