RICHMOND - A controversial proposal to allow same sex couples working for Richmond to have benefits has pastors speaking out.
Pastor Daryl Husband is joining pastors from across the city in opposition to this city council proposal, introduced in July that would give the same benefits enjoyed by spouses of city employees in traditional marriages, to those in same sex marriages.
The pastors say the protest has nothing to do with denying benefits, but with protecting marriage.
"This is not an issue about politics," he says. "This is an issue about morality."
"Marriage is about the children," says Bishop Leon Benjamin. "Children deserve whenever possible both a mother and a father."
Bill Harrison with the Richmond Gay Community Foundation says the ordinance is about civil rights.
"A lot of heterosexual people never have children, I don't hear anyone condemning their marriage," he says. "We are together because we love each other, we did not choose our sexual orientations or our gender identities any more than anyone has chosen the color of their skin."
If the ordinance were to pass, it would go against state law and the general assembly would have to adopt legislation that would allow the ordinance to go into effect.
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