Conservative Pastor: Dick Cheney's Support for Same-Sex Marriage an Outrage and Betrayal

Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 6/8/2009 6:00:00 AM A conservative black pastor and political activist says former Vice President Dick Cheney's public support for same-sex "marriage" is an "outrage" and a "betrayal" of conservatives who once teamed up with the Bush administration to protect traditional marriage.

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In 2004, President Bush promised evangelical Christian pastors like Bishop Harry Jackson that he would back an effort to pass a federal marriage amendment; however, that effort failed two years later.

Jackson, a Washington-area pastor and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, says ironically, at the same time President Bush "lost steam" on the marriage issue in 2006, Dick Cheney's daughter Mary was talking openly with the media regarding her lesbian lifestyle.

"I believe that Cheney's own ambivalence that has now manifested itself into what seems like a backhanded pro-gay approach was one of the things that kept the President [Bush] from going forward," he contends. "So, I'm outraged that we've been promised things by the GOP -- specifically by the president -- that haven't really come into fruition." Last week Dick Cheney suggested to reporters that he supports same-gender marriages.

Jackson admits he is also troubled that many in the Republican Party are "backing away from family and moral issues" that he argues "are major in our day."