By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nearly a week after President Obama declared his support for gay marriage, what’s the reaction among the local black clergy? Two prominent pastors seem unfazed.READ MORE: Local Doctor Joins 14 World War II Veterans In Hawaii Visiting Pearl Harbor On 80th Anniversary
“Really, all he did was, he gave his opinion. He has not changed any laws. He can barely get a budget passed through congress, with all the gridlock. So I don’t know why anyone thinks this is going anywhere; it’s just his opinion.”
Reverend Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME says he wonders why those expressing outrage over the president’s endorsement of gay marriage aren’t outraged over the proposed closure of 64 schools, or gun violence.READ MORE: 3 People Shot Inside Bar In Philadelphia's Holmesburg Section, Police Say
“I just think it’s misplaced priorities or misplaced energy that can be better used in a fight somewhere else.”
Bright Hope Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Johnson says the president’s pronouncement has no effect on the church.
“He did not try to infringe upon the rights of religious institutions. Because we maintain the separation of church and state, I think that it allows us to continue to operate within our faith, but also operate in the democracy in which we live.”MORE NEWS: Former Chester County Day Care, Preschool Director Arrested For Failing To Report Child Abuse, Prosecutors Say