Washington, D.C. – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) – a coalition claiming 34,000 African-American churches –and its board of directors have ordered security for its president, Rev. Anthony Evans, because of the group's stance against same-sex marriage.
The decision comes after an Aug. 15 shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. that left a security guard injured. That shooting, said NBCI officials, underscores the violence that has plagued the same-sex marriage debate. The security measures are deemed necessary to protect Evans and the NBCI "stance for Christ and against same-sex marriage."
Rev. Evans is a brave Christian clergy who stands on the Word of God, and we would hate for him to be harmed by the forces of evil that support same-sex marriage," said Debra Coley-Bagley, chair of NBCI's Board of Directors
"We do, however, commend leaders of the gay community who have denounced the shooting of the staff member at the Family Research Council."
According to the NBCI, the coalition spans 15 denominations and represents 15.7 million African Americans.